Wednesday, April 18, 2012
HBO's "VEEP" - Female VP Scrolling Her Blackberry but they say it's Not Sarah Palin
Premiering Sunday night on HBO, Julia Louis-Dreyfus plays a flighty Vice President with minimal responsibilities. “Veep” has been described by Entertainment Weekly as “a bleak vision of American political folly that would be pretty depressing if it weren’t so amusing.” Bleak but amusing – we’ve tasted that recipe here at the Palin Place, over at Immoral Minority, and half way around the world at Politicalgates. Recipes are tweaked for personal preferences, but the main ingredient is the same - in this case, it's the half-baked Alaskan governor Sarah Palin.
Reuters.com reports that Veep’s main character, Selina Meyer is a “once rising star in an undefined political party who suddenly finds herself U.S. vice president… She and her frantic Blackberry-addicted team spend their time dodging political minefields, making and fixing public relations gaffes, and waiting for the president to call. He never does.” The intro clip below looks like someone we know, except that VP Meyer has a penchant for swearing. You might recognize the clenched fist emphasis in her delivery behind a podium, and get a sense of deja vu when your worst nightmare is played out in the scene where she's told the president has taken ill..
Sound familiar? Well, you are wrong. Not only wrong, you are…are…what’s that word Sarah uses?....Whacked! That’s it. You’re some kind of Whacko! VEEP is not based on Sarah Palin. Ms. Louis-Dryfus has said so in interviews. I wanted to post a clip of her Letterman interview as an example because we know how much he means to Sarah, but after 11 minutes and no mention of SP I gave up on that idea. But the Truther in me laughted at got the inside joke when Julia came out wearing Look-At-Me shoes with Tower of Babel heels that glitter and makes a comment right away about them. But of course, we aren't supposed to think about Sarah Palin. And she mentions the shoes first thing. But we aren't supposed to think about Sarah Palin. Oh, sure, okay Julia. I mean, VP Meyer curses a lot, so, obviously this is not Sarah Palin. We get it.
If HBO wanted to do a show based on Sarah Palin, they’d have a fake pregnancy and a pimp-daddy dude holding the Bible while his wife took the oath of office. Now that would make for some bleak but amusing comedy. Cans bouncing off the refrigerator. A daughter driving around with license plates spelling out the name of her dad’s rebellious former slave who escaped to the south and wrote a tell-all…
HBO has an official website for VEEP. Some of us might want to visit and suggest a spin off about the first female VP’s husband. They could call it Tripped Up.