At this point parody seems unnecessary
You may be aware that, because of a striking physical similarity, Tina Fey has returned to Saturday Night Live from her own successful series 30 Rock, specifically to impersonate vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin.
Last week's skit (featuring Hillary) was priceless. This week's one is a little more ominous. Why?
Because the climactic monologue of the piece is taken directly from Palin's recent ABC interview with Katie Couric–in fact it's practically a word for word transcription(†) .
Like every American I'm speaking with, we're ill about this. We're saying, 'Hey, why bail out Fanny and Freddie and not me?' But ultimately what the bailout does is, help those that are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy to help…uh…it's gotta be all about job creation, too. Also, too, shoring up our economy and putting Fannie and Freddy back on the right track and so healthcare reform and reducing taxes and reigning in spending…'cause Barack Obama, y'know…has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans, also, having a dollar value meal at restaurants. That's gonna help. But one in five jobs being created today under the umbrella of job creation. That, you know…Also…
It's a pretty serious indictment when comedy writers pointedly use your own words (at length!) to send you up. There's no question of Palin being quoted out of context (by SNL), or her having been ambushed (by Couric). It's just car crash TV.
Strangely, the original interview played as funny but the restaging simply comes across as horrifying.
- † as pointed out by the Huffington Post [back ↩]