Retarded Satirical Hypocrisy

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel described plans to air attack ads against conservative Democrats who opposed health care reform as, “Fucking retarded.”

Sarah Palin, mother to Trig – Down’s Syndrome political prop and stunt baby – pretended it was a personal attack on persons with disabilities and set out to score some political points:

Yes, Rahm is known for his caustic, crude references about those with whom he disagrees, but his recent tirade against participants in a strategy session was such a strong slap in many American faces that our president is doing himself a disservice by seeming to condone Rahm’s recent sick and offensive tactic.

The Obama Administration’s Chief of Staff scolded participants, calling them, “F—ing retarded,” according to several participants, as reported in the Wall Street Journal.

Just as we’d be appalled if any public figure of Rahm’s stature ever used the “N-word” or other such inappropriate language, Rahm’s slur on all God’s children with cognitive and developmental disabilities – and the people who love them – is unacceptable, and it’s heartbreaking.

God’s children? Methinks Sarah has a Madonna complex (no…not that one, the other one).

The next day Rush Limbaugh jumped into the fray. Retard(ed) is a term Rush has tossed around easily on many occasions, but this was special:

“I think the big news is the crackup going on. Our politically correct society is acting like some giant insult has taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards.
I mean, these liberal activists are kooks. They are loony tunes. And I’m not going to apologize for it, I’m just quoting Emanuel. It’s in the news. I think the news is that he’s out there calling Obama’s number one supporters effing retards. So now there’s going to be a meeting. There’s going to be a retard summit at the White House, much like the beer summit between Obama and Gates and that cop in Cambridge.”

Just to be clear about this, Rahm described an IDEA as retarded. Rush is labeling PEOPLE as retarded. Not that that should make any difference if tossing around a pejorative term is offensive, but Sarah Palin knows who she’s supposed to attack and whom she dare not cross.

CHRIS WALLACE (host): OK, but, Rush Limbaugh weighed in this week, and he said this: “Our politically correct society is acting like some giant insult’s taken place by calling a bunch of people who are retards, retards.”

PALIN: He was satirical in that –

WALLACE: Wait, let me finish. “I mean, these people, these liberal activists are kooks.” Should Rush Limbaugh apologize?

PALIN: They are kooks, so I agree with Rush Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh was using satire to bring attention to what this politically correct –

WALLACE: But he used the “R” word.

PALIN: Using satire. Name-calling by anyone — I teach this to my children. You teach this to your children and your grandchildren, too. Name-calling by anyone, it’s just unnecessary. It just wastes time. Let’s speak to the issues and again, let’s move on.

WALLACE: But you know what some people are going to say, Governor, and have said. They say, look, when it’s their political adversary, Rahm Emanuel, she’s going to call him out — he’s indecent, apologize. But when it’s a political friend like Rush Limbaugh, oh, it’s satire.

PALIN: I didn’t hear Rush Limbaugh call a group of people whom he did not agree with “f-ing retards,” and we did know that Rahm Emanuel, it’s been reported, did say that. There’s a big difference there.

In point of fact, Palin didn’t hear Emanuel say anything either. It was relayed to her by a third party. And, for accuracy’s sake, again, Rahm called an IDEA “…fucking retarded,” not people. Rush, on the other hand, called just about everyone a retard. Sarah, of course, is not one to let facts get in the way of how she sees things.

Furthermore, Sarah demonstrates that she doesn’t know what satire means – yet another word she tosses around in an effort to defend the vapid fog she tries to pass off as thinking; justification for the ignorant word salad that sputters from her mouth.
First, Rush was not being satirical (he lacks the wit for the form). He was calling people – politically correct people – retards. Straight up name calling of exactly the sort Palin supposedly finds offensive and hurtful.

Next into the mix, the animated TV show The Family Guy.
The episode features the character Chris falling for a girl with Down syndrome. On a date, he asks what her parents do.
She replies: “My dad’s an accountant, and my mom is the former governor of Alaska.”

I waited with bated breath. Could the hypocrisy be maintained? How would Palin deal with this one? Family Guy airs on Fox, the network that is building a studio in Sarah’s house Alaskan compound so that she can offer America her political commentary and analysis (snicker…”analysis”…guffaw!)

Sarah, as is her wont, took to the pages of Facebook to post her response:

Fox Hollywood – What a Disappointment

People are asking me to comment on yesterday’s Fox show that felt like another kick in the gut. Bristol was one who asked what I thought of the show that mocked her baby brother, Trig (and/or others with special needs), in an episode yesterday. Instead of answering, I asked her what she thought. Here is her conscientious reply, which is a much more restrained and gracious statement than I want to make about an issue that begs the question, “when is enough, enough?”:

“When you’re the son or daughter of a public figure, you have to develop thick skin. My siblings and I all have that, but insults directed at our youngest brother hurt too much for us to remain silent. People with special needs face challenges that many of us will never confront, and yet they are some of the kindest and most loving people you’ll ever meet. Their lives are difficult enough as it is, so why would anyone want to make their lives more difficult by mocking them? As a culture, shouldn’t we be more compassionate to innocent people – especially those who are less fortunate? Shouldn’t we be willing to say that some things just are not funny? Are there any limits to what some people will do or say in regards to my little brother or others in the special needs community? If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed. All they proved is that they’re heartless jerks. – Bristol Palin”

– Sarah Palin

It would seem that every member of the Palin clan has a ghost writer – someone to put what they think into grammatically correct sentences. I guess the big surprise is that Trig didn’t post his own response explaining how, even though he can’t type, he finds it disheartening that there are those in the media who would find his genetic condition a source for mirth.
Notice, as well, how Sarah tries to selectively target her remarks to “Fox Hollywood” (as opposed to the Fox Network which employs her) – more of her coastal elites horseshit – as if the accountants at Fox aren’t grinning like a bunch of retards over the attention this is getting, which means more viewers…which means more ad revenues.

Thus far, Rahm Emanuel made one caustic remark which, in Sarah Palin’s view ought to result in his firing.
Rush Limbaugh used the word a dozen or so times, but that was okay because it was satire.
The Family Guy – a show which features a talking dog and an infant with a plan for global domination…a show that is nothing but satire…tosses a jab in Trig and Sarah’s direction and the twisted, contorted, two-faced nature of Sarah’s hypocrisy is again on full display. Fox HOLLYWOOD…not those fine people who pay her all that money…is kicking her in the gut just like Rahm did and Rush didn’t.

Frankly, there’s only one way to view this spineless, calculated, attention whoring flip flopping, and that’s to simply recognize that Stephen Colbert is absolutely correct: “Sarah Palin is a fucking retard.”

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3 Responses

  1. As Stewie might say, “Spot On!”

  2. Great read!
    I have been frustrated with the lack of coverage, from any angle left or right, of how illogical her statement was re: Rush v Rahm. Now with the “Fox Hollywood” garbage…
    I was upset that she said that Rush wasn’t talking about people he disagreed with, which is EXACTLY what he did – but I hadnt even realized your salient point that Rahm was referring to an IDEA. She couldnt be more wrong on this, and nobody will break it down that simply. Also, you nailed it when you said she probably never heard the true context of Rahm’s remark, she got it 2nd hand from one of her pie-eyed staffers.

    Bookmarked ya!

  3. Once again, I’ve been Geo-cock-blocked and can’t see the linked Colbert video.

    But exactly how is an ADULT FEMALE with Down Syndrome automatically a mockery of Trig Palin when Trig is MALE and not even walking yet. The only thing the two have in common is a disease and being a child of a former Alaskan Governor.

    There’s nothing to make fun of. It’s pretty fucking hard to personally attack a person who isn’t even a REAL person yet. (In my book, you ain’t really a person until you stand on your own two feet and yell “NO!” at the top of your lungs.)

    But no, it’s like Letterman raping Talladega all over again!

    Sarah Palin’s family is being “victimized” by the biased liberal media and retards everywhere must rally to her defence because she is one of you… even though it REQUIRES unthinking acceptance of her complete hypocrisy.

    Apparently, it’s hurtful to retards when you call non-retarded people retarded…unless you do it in jest…unless that jest can be in some way spun to look like an attack on Sarah Palin’s family.

    Acceptible satire: Somebody I like making fun of somebody I don’t like.
    Unacceptable Satire: Making fun of me or somebody I like.

    The main purpose of this media circle jerk is to show that Sarah The Cable Barbie is suffering like Jesus on the cross for retards everywhere.

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