I sort of doubt that anybody hasn't seen these clips, but as I'm going to be writing about them let's take a look real fast. These are sort of last weeks news...but bear with me here.
Now these clips are enjoyable right? Good for a chuckle. I just want to point out a few things I've been thinking about.
1. I don't think Sarah Palin being named as McCain's VP pick has benefited anyone more than Tina Fey. This skit ran the weekend after 'Baby Mama' came out on DVD ('Baby Mama has a few funny moments, but a sub-par effort at best), and the '30 Rock' season premiere is coming up soon. the synergy is pretty amazing for ol' TF, who I like, but can't get myself to love, for some snarky reason. Maybe it's the fact that she seems kind of in love with herself and has to prove to everyone that she's sexy even while she makes fun of herself for not being sexy. The first season of '30 Rock' is full of these excuses to point out her hotness in the disguise of claiming how unhot she was, it was really sort of annoying. I'm glad they got away from that in season 2, which was pretty amazingly funny.
2. I think Matt Damon's comments have validity, and he states them in a very affable and eloquent way. But, remind me why I should care about what Matt Damon thinks? Oh yeah, he's famous.
This video reminded me of a PETA pamphlet Lesley and I picked up as we left a vegan restaurant lately (Sage Cafe in Salt Lake, pretty good place). The PETA pamphlet was vegetarian propaganda at its most blatant, and it's first tactic was showing a wash of celebrities on it's first two pages explaining why they were vegetarian. These celebrities included Natalie Portman, Clint Eastwood, Toby Maguire and (drumroll please) Pamela Andersen (Eating animals bad, plastic surgery good!).
Now I have no issues with vegetarians, or vegetarianism, my wife IS one for heaven sakes! But why on earth would I want to become a vegetarian just because a bunch of 'celebrities' are? Who would see that and think to themselves 'gee, if Jake Gyllenhaal is a vegan than sign me up!' It's ridiculous, and putting that upfront in the pamphlet made the pamphlet's validity extremely questionable.
The Damon clip reminds me of the PETA ad. His words seem valid, but his fame make me leery of taking them seriously. I don't need a famous person to tell me that Sarah Palin is dangerously unqualified to be president thank you very much.
3. These two clips really emphasize the the important role celebrity is playing in this campaign. I think it's pretty awesome that Palin's only REAL contribution to the McCain ticket is her celebrity (someone give me another contribution she brings, I dare you). This fact completely deconstructs McCain's whole 'Obama is a celebrity' attack of a few weeks ago, and takes away his really most powerful criticism of Obama, which was his inexperience. What is McCain going to attack now? His funny name? His charisma?
I think it's unmistakable that the role political and non-political celebrities play will increase in this and future elections, and as long as we as people think "I like Jim Belulshi, and if he likes (insert candidates name here), than so do I." we're going to be inundated with candidates and opinions like these.
On a side note, Bill Clinton is asking Democrats to stop making fun of Palin, but I think he's overlooked the biggest reason why it's not going to happen, she's just too easy to make fun of.