Tuesday, September 30, 2008

About that Palin incest joke...

I got into a heated discussion with a co-worker about this SNL skit yesterday. I saw the episode in question, and didn't even really remember the "joke" (although it is arguably more directed at the NYT itself), because the sketch was so terrible, which is true of just about everything on SNL these days except the openings.

Anyhow, my co-worker (a 50-something mother with an uber-conservative husband) looked like she was ready to blow when I went into my standard freedom of speech routine. I really couldn't understand the sensitivity, especially since these kinds of perceived attacks have nothing to do with the Obama campaign. Also, if the shoe was on the other foot, and Obama had a pregnant daughter, you can be sure the standards would be different (a co-worker even brought up the oft-cited reaction to Jamie Lynn-Spears' pregnancy as proof of this double standard- more evidence that we have gone way down the rabbit hole this campaign season).

Then I remembered something else this morning, about McCain's joke from 1998 about Chelsea Clinton:

"Why is Chelsea Clinton so ugly? Because her father is Janet Reno."

I wonder if the level of outrage among conservatives was the same, especially since this joke was made by, oh, THE CURRENT REPUBLICAN NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT. Somehow I doubt it.

Teh chickens have come home to roost.

Oh, and let's not forget this.