Thursday, March 4, 2010

Boo to Jay

I had written a short post about Jay Leno's ridiculous show with Sarah Palin doing stand-up, but it was written so well in another blog, Strong: Progressive, that I just had to quote that:
Sarah Palin debuts in her new career as a (deliberate) stand-up comedian....on the Tonight Show??

The former Republican vice presidential nominee turned into a stand-up comic on Jay Leno's "Tonight Show" Tuesday, dropping one-liners about the White House, Congress and Fey -- the "Saturday Night Live" star known for her impression of the former Alaska governor.
But before Palin hit the stage alone, she sat down with Leno and talked about her role at Fox News and about the Tea Party movement.
Leno asked Palin what she thinks about joining the media by becoming a Fox News analyst. Palin told Leno that she's there to build trust in the media. "I think that the mainstream media is quite broken and I think that there needs to be the fairness, the balance in there. That's why I joined Fox." Leno laughed.
For all the comics who've had to work sleazy dives across the country while getting themselves established, had to simultaneously work two or three day jobs while pursuing their dream of stardom, gotten the 1 AM slot at the comedy club and had to be happy that they got any stage time at all, and who've spent years learning their craft, this has to be an outrage. Her first gig is the Tonight Show?! Why is it that Palin once again gets a opportunity for which she's unqualified, untrained, inexperienced, and in the pursuit of which can only spew out snarky remarks?

Agreed. So, what is she exactly? A vice presidential candidate that got way to close to the White House, a governor who quit two years in, a writer who doesn't write her own books, or now a stand-up comic who thinks she's funny? Let's just face it, for someone who hates the mainstream media so much, she sure is doing her best to become a part of it. I've said from the beginning, she will end up with some reality show or talk show - she just wants to be famous.

Boo to all of this. Boo to Jay Leno. Boo for not stepping aside from his position after having it for years - after dangling the carrot in front of Conan O'Brien and then snatching it away when he failed in prime time. But, most of all, boo for this latest stunt. Quit adding to this woman's ego and wallet, quit giving her a forum - and boo to the people who brought her out of Alaska in the first place. At least as a viewer, we do have the control to keep the remote away from whatever channel she lands on. In the case of Fox, most intelligent beings don't watch that anyway.

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