Imaginary Journalism: ABDPBT interviews Sarah Palin on Her List of Proposed Banned Books That Is Circulating the Internet Despite The Fact That It is Probably Bogus. Because What If It Weren’t? Wouldn’t This Be Funny?

by anna on September 12, 2008

My mother forwarded me an email yesterday from a group soliciting responses to be posted on a blog called Women Against Sarah Palin. Though I think Sarah Palin is an ignorant bigot fucktard, I must admit that I am hesitant to join a group that calls itself such a reactionary name–what are we against, exactly? Her right to live? The fact that she exists? The ideology for which she stands? Do we aim to get her to change her name? Her politics? Her choice of weaponry? Too many questions.

Tacked onto this email was a list of books that Palin supposedly tried to have banned in Alaska. I have since discovered that this list is bogus, but in the interest of comedy and in direct contradiction to the ideals of responsible journalism, I will now pretend that 1) it is true, 2) I have access to Sarah Palin, and 3) she agreed to be interviewed by me about these books.

Why? Because OH MY CHRISTLORD what a boondoggle! I cannot think of better blog fodder for a commie pinko ex-English Lit academic to sink her teeth into. [rubs hands together]

So, now, in the honor of the first Republican Woman VP Candidate (to be pronounced in the manner of an elder statesman benevolently allowing that there exist “woman candidates,” just as there are “woman doctors,” and “woman lawyers,” but not, as of yet, any “woman indian chiefs,” at least not as far as I know), I now present you with a my interview of Sarah Palin regarding her choice of proposed banned books in Alaska. To review, for any independent counsel that might be reading, this is an interview that definitely did not take place.

ABDPBT View definition in a new window: Well, I have to say it’s rather sporting of you to join me today, Governor Palin, given that I called you an ignorant bigot fucktard recently. Can I offer you something to drink?
PALIN: Do you have any Captain Morgan? I’ve heard it’s pretty good.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: I guess you don’t know I’m a recovering alcoholic, Gov. Palin.
PALIN: Oh, my gosh dern, dear. That LA Lifestyle is really not very healthy, you know. I guess you must be one of its many victims, like my daughter, who sees it on TV.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: You do realize that when you say things like that, you are alienating like, say over ten times as many people who live in your entire state. Right?
PALIN: Los Angeles is not the world!
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: No, but there are almost ten million of us who live here. That’s just the city. The county has like twice that, and Alaska has a total of just over 600,000 people. And it’s as big as half of the US. You might want to think about expanding your demographic. I don’t think moose can vote.
PALIN: Mmm, mmmm, moose.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: OK, moving on, let’s get to this list of books, because I’m pretty sure I don’t know enough about you to come up with enough political responses that my audience will actually buy as coming from you. I might have more to go on with books.
PALIN: [Adjusting lipstick and pig nose.] Sexist!
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: Me?
PALIN: Yes, I read that “lipstick on a pig” comment. You are only saying that because I’m a woman.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: But you are literally wearing a pig nose attached to your face with elastic. What am I supposed to say?
PALIN: Sexist!
ADBDPBT: OK, like I said, let’s get to the books. I notice some oldies but goodies here, alongside a few headscratchers. Have you read all of these books, Gov. Palin?
PALIN: I have read everything I need to know.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: Really, because just glancing over this list, there are several I haven’t read. And I feel like I have a decent working knowledge of the canon.
PALIN: I thought we weren’t going to discuss the war. They’re using cannons now? Dear lordamercy, these heathens really are straight from three thousand years ago.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: Sigh. Talk to me about Judy Blume’s Blubber. I read this as a child. I cannot imagine what you would have against it–
PALIN: It deals with childhood obesity and we are working to rectify that problem.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: Actually, it is a book about difference, and the chief thrust of the book’s argument is about how it is not okay to make fun of people for being different–whether that difference is in the form of race, gender, religion or–in this case–weight.
PALIN: Maybe if people made fun of fat people more, we wouldn’t have so many of them.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: So, you are advocating that we teach our children to marginalize fat people, and Blubber works against that goal. And this is why you would ban the book?
PALIN: I never banned any books!
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: Right, because it’s illegal. We are talking about books you wanted to have banned. You might want to check on these kinds of things, in the event View definition in a new window you get elected. Let’s see, next, Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Hath not a Jew eyes, Gov. Palin? If you cut him, does he not bleed?
PALIN: Oh he’ll bleed, alright, but he might also lay an egg. Or grow horns.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: And Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange? Is it the violence? I cannot imagine you have a problem with the brainwashing element . . . maybe it’s the glorification of crime?
PALIN: It’s the modernist furniture.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: But, it’s a book. Not the movie.
PALIN: Listen, if I see one more orb pendant lamp or a Le Courbusier chair I’m going to scream.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: OK, it’s hardly a work of great literature, but what’s the problem with Cujo?
PALIN: It’s anti-dog. Anti-dog=anti-wolf=anti-Alaska.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: And Christine is . . .
PALIN: Anti-car. Anti-car=anti-gas=anti-Alaska.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: I see. What about Catch-22? Anti-military? It’s just a satire, you know.
PALIN: Yes, but I always thought Joseph Heller was a one trick pony.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: Touché. But why the Harry Potter series? I love that series! Why wouldn’t you want your children to grow up with it?
PALIN: You mean other than the sinful sorcery?
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: But it’s make believe. Like Disney. You people love that shit. Just as long as the mouse goes to church it’s OK, right?
PALIN: Yes, but Dumbledore is gay. Rowling admitted it.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: Ooooooh. What about How to Eat Fried Worms?
PALIN: Pro-gambling. Pro-gambling=pro-Indian=pro-Eskimo=anti-Alaska.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: Weren’t the Eskimos there first? Aren’t they part of Alaska?
PALIN: You know what I mean.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: Of course I do. I want you to spell it out.
PALIN: Too bad.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: OK, just one more title I’d like clarification on–Lord of the Flies?
PALIN: Oh, is that on there?
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: Yes!
PALIN: Oh, that’s a mistake.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: So, you agree that it’s a good way to illustrate how fear-mongering can exploit the tendencies of people in groups to obey authority, even when that authority is malicious, and that fear artificially manufactured?
PALIN: I was thinking of it more as a handbook. For myself.
ABDPBT View definition in a new window: Yes, maybe it will tell you what a Vice President does.
PALIN: Exactly.

Click here to see the whole list on a watchdog conservative site that is all up in arms about the whole thing. [snicker]


Ginger September 12, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Did you roll your eyes at her during the imaginary interview as often as I would have?

Amy September 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm

As a fellow English Lit graduate, I have to also admit that I haven’t read ALL of these. The one I wish you would have asked her about is “My Friend Flicka.” I think I read that eons ago and it was about a horse. And also, what about Silas Marner? And Tarzan?

I know the list is fake, but it is supposedly a list of oft-challenged books, and I don’t get some of them.

Amy September 12, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Also, I think she would’ve called you by name more.

“In what respect, Charlie?” perfect response to your question about Eskimos in Alaska. :)

the ex September 12, 2008 at 2:45 pm

I suppose I don’t even really understand the point of banning books. Take for instance a recent event that happened in my little LA suburb, the seniors in high school AP English were given the OPTION of reading Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye which okay, perhaps could be controversial.

The news broke that some parents wanted to have it removed from the list and not even offered as an option for the children who wanted to read it.

And bam, it was sold out of every B&N and Borders within a 30 mile radius.

I mean, what are we saving these children from? From the knowledge that Harry Potter isn’t high literature? That there are bad things in the world?

I’m so terrified of Palin.

anna September 12, 2008 at 2:49 pm

LOL @ “In what respect, Charlie?” Nice cover for when you don’t have an answer and/or don’t understand basic questions.

See, I get so mesmerized by her strange, unplaceable accent when she talks–and her glasses–I cannot do a very good impression.

anna September 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Also on the list: The Color Purple. The Color Purple!!!!

I have to assume it’s the lesbianism, but clearly she has never read the book. Or seen the movie. Or the Broadway show.

Mary Anne September 12, 2008 at 3:04 pm

You continue to amaze me with the way your mind works…and I mean that in the nicest way possible! What a great post, can’t imagine what you will come up with next!! Have a fantastic weekend…

Jenny Henny September 12, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Ignorant Bigot fucktard – I love it! You are my new hero!

shonda September 12, 2008 at 4:48 pm

I’m fucking amazed that Governor Palin didn’t mention Jesus in this interview. It must’ve been short. She has say his name once every 20 minutes or she’ll turn into a pumpkin. Or a queer. I can’t remember which.

becky September 12, 2008 at 10:36 pm

I KNOW. I was actually kinda impressed when I thought that she wanted to ban John Cleland’s Fanny Hill. That book was written in 1748, and it is indeed “sawcy.” But I only dream of a world in which 15 year-old boys in Wasilla are smuggling that out of the library in their messenger bags.

But for a fleeting second I thought maybe Palin was that well-read.

Mr Lady September 12, 2008 at 11:17 pm

Who are you, and where have you been all my life?

HeatherPride September 13, 2008 at 7:31 am

You are a clever girl!

Crash Commanda September 13, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Just awesome, Anna. Awesome!

Missives From Suburbia September 15, 2008 at 5:38 pm

I just added you to my blogroll on the basis of your calling Sarah Palin an “ignorant bigot fucktard”, and THEN I read the rest of this post and laughed OUT FUCKING LOUD. No fake “LOL” from me. No, indeed. I actually laughed.

If I didn’t already love you from this single post, the fact that Mr. Lady has also arrived and discovered your brilliance only cements my opinion that you’re my new favorite blog.

anna September 15, 2008 at 6:51 pm

Wow, I’m blushing, you guys!

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