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Get a grip, ladies.
On the 90th anniversary of suffrage, the gauntlet has been thrown between Republican and Democratic women, featuring volleys of nasty words and more wildlife imagery than an issue of Field and Stream.
Susan B. Anthony would not be proud.
This week, EMILY’s List, a national political group dedicated to electing pro-choice progressive women, launched a campaign — “Sarah Doesn’t Speak For Me” — against Sarah Palin to counter the former vice-presidential nominee and her Mama Grizzly candidates. The group encouraged women “to reject Palin’s reactionary candidates and backward-looking agenda.” But the issue that most deeply divides Palin and EMILY’s List is abortion. Palin’s camp is pro-life, and EMILY’s List is pro-choice.
A companion video to the campaign shows women discussing pertinent issues such as health care and abortion, but they are dressed like bears. Yes, essentially Mama Grizzlies fighting Palin. A stream of women wearing fur headgear and black plastic noses growl and snarl at the camera, talking about their baby cubs having the right to choose.
One Mama Grizzly says Palin’s agenda “gets under my skin, and my fur and my nails, my beautiful manicured cub claw nails.”
Palin responded to EMILY’s List via her Twitter account Wednesday: “Who hijacked term:”feminist”?A cackle of rads who want 2 crucify other women w/whom they disagree on a singular issue; it’s ironic (& passé).”
In July, Palin released a video — ” Mama Grizzlies” — promoting female GOP candidates. She added another animal to the political circus when she said in the video, “Look out Washington, because there’s a whole stampede of pink elephants crossing and the e.t.a. for them stampeding through is November 2, 2010.”
After Palin’s tweet Wednesday afternoon, the catfight between political sisters deepened.
In a Facebook post titled “Proud to Support More Women Leaders on the 90th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage,” Palin wrote that Americans should honor the “brave feminist foremothers who struggled and sacrificed . . . to grant future generations of American women a voice.”
The former Alaskan governor also chose to endorse several women in the Facebook note, including congressional candidates in Alabama, North Carolina, Indiana and Missouri, two candidates for attorney general in Florida and Iowa and a secretary of state candidate in Alabama.
Palin then extended her claws in the direction of EMILY’s List, although she didn’t mention the group by name. She offered advice “to our sisters who like to throw stones at those of us who respectfully disagree with them on this issue (and they sometimes refuse to even countenance the fact that some of us can call ourselves feminists and disagree with those who claim the mantle of “real feminists”).
She informed EMILY’s List that it was hard to take “a critic seriously when they lecture you wearing a bear suit.”
Borrowing an image from popular culture, she wrote, “But, really, lying about a sister while wearing an Ewok outfit is no way to honor our foremothers on the eve of the 90th anniversary of their victory.”
Palin confessed she wants to know where EMILY’s List bought the bear “get-ups.”
“Halloween is just around the corner, and Piper and Trig would look adorable as little grizzly bears,” Palin wrote.
EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock responded with her own tweet: “you might’ve watched the video, but you & your allies aren’t listening to women about #HCR, #FinReg, & our families.”
But while Palin and Schriock engaged in online warfare, another battle brewed in Minnesota.
Randy Brown, a Minnesota Republican webmaster, unleashed a video titled “Republican Women vs. Democrat (sic) Women,” insinuating GOP women were sexy babes and Democratic women were disgusting dogs. Brown posted the mash-up video on a Republican website for Minnesota State Senate District 56.
To the crooning of Tom Jones’ “She’s a Lady,” the video, which has been flagged by YouTube as inappropriate, highlighted a bevy of Republican women including Palin, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Ann Coulter and even Bo Dereck, an ardent GOP supporter, in a gleaming gold bikini from her perfect “10″ days. Some of the women struck sexy poses, wore fishnets or showed cleavage.
In the middle of the video, the song melds into Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out” and shows Democratic women and supporters – Hillary Rodham Clinton, Janet Reno, Rosie O’Donnell and Nancy Pelosi – in unflattering and at times, grotesque, poses.
The video was removed from the website Wednesday at the request of statehouse candidate Andrea Kieffer, who called the video “juvenile.”
Another Republican candidate for the district, Kathy Lohmer, has asked for the resignation of the webmaster. State Sen. Kathy Saltzman said the video was a distraction.
The Women’s Media Center in New York demanded an apology for the video.
“This incident is symptomatic of a larger illness: the widespread sexism and objectification of women in politics,” the group said in a press release. “Though the video clearly prefers Republican women over Democratic women, it does a disservice to women across the political spectrum by evaluating them solely based on their appearances rather than on their merits or platforms.”
EMILY’s List also hit back against the video, asking Bachmann and Palin to denounce the video. Could the video be the catalyst for uniting sisters from both parties to a common cause?
So far, neither Bachmann nor Palin have done so.
In her Facebook post, Palin wrote, “So, ladies, let’s lead. In the words of that great American woman, Abigail Adams, ‘We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.’ Let’s get things done.”
She’s right. Hopefully on Thursday, she’ll denounce the Minnesota video that shows her wearing skimpy shorts.
Hey, Lady Gaga, are you considering a run for office?
As Jakob Hooks, a 15-year-old in Little Rock recently told me, “Lady Gaga should be president.”
There is that pesky age problem. She’s 24. The Constitution states someone must be 35 to run for president. But the influence of Lady Gaga on pop culture, and now, the political landscape cannot be underestimated.
Lady Gaga, with her ingenious costumes, surreal videos, and burning pianos, is among the world’s biggest celebrities. She has 14 million Facebook followers to Sarah Palin’s 2 million and President Barack Obama’s 10 million. On Twitter, Lady Gaga logs 5.2 million followers to Palin’s 211,000 followers.
In June, Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, landed on Forbes Magazine’s 2010 celebrity power list. She was No. 4 behind Oprah Winfrey, Beyonce Knowles and movie producer James Cameron. Lady Gaga’s worth: $62 million. Her social and Web rank: No. 1.
On Tuesday, Lady Gaga racked up 13 MTV video music award nominations — a record that tops video music icons Michael Jackson and Madonna.
Lady Gaga may be just the social media foil the left needs to confront Palin. The two 21st-century social media stars possess startling similarities.
Palin dubs her conservative female supporters Mama Grizzlies and asks them to defend her like a mother bear would a cub. New York native Lady Gaga collects Little Monsters — fans who vehemently guard and promote Mama Monster with Twitter and Facebook posts.
Palin and Lady Gaga are devoted to their followers, keeping them updated frequently via social media tools. Within minutes of either posting, thousands have commented and retweeted.
Not to be shallow, but both women are known for their individual, striking looks and brands.
When Palin arrived on the political scene in 2008, women clamored for a pair of glasses like hers. They got their hair cut like hers. Gaga fans spend hours cultivating wigs to resemble hers and even wear dangerous contact lenses to re-create an anime look from her “Bad Romance” video.
Lady Gaga, like savvy Palin, uses her celebrity and social media platform to her advantage. On Wednesday, after a federal judge struck down California’s same-sex marriage ban, she wrote via Facebook:
“At the moments notice of PROP 8 DEATH I instantly began to write music. BUBBLE DREAMS FOREVER! FULL EQUALITY! THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING! REJOICE and CELEBRATE gay communities and straight all over the world. Our voices are being heard! Loud! SCREAM LOUD AMERICANOS!”
Last weekend, she dipped her toe — no, make that full body immersion — into Arizona’s controversial political waters, particularly its tough anti-illegal immigration law.
Before her Saturday night Monster Ball concert in Phoenix, Lady Gaga put a message on her Facebook page: “The Monster Ball is by nature a protest: A youth church experience to speak out and celebrate against all forms of discrimination + prejudice. Tonight we will continue to actively protest social and political injustices in Arizona. We will sing, we will stand up, + we will be heard.” Nearly 34,000 people like this comment, and she has created a roaring online debate about immigration.
Lady Gaga didn’t stop with a post. At her concert, she lashed out at Arizona’s immigration legislation with “Stop SB 1070″ written on her arm. SB 1070 is Arizona’s controversial immigration law.
Last week, U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton blocked parts of the law, including a requirement that police determine the status of those suspected of being illegal immigrants.
Controversy continues around SB 1070, and Lady Gaga seized the moment. “I got a phone call from a couple really big rock and rollers, big pop stars, big rap artists, and they said, ‘We’d like you to boycott Arizona . . . because of SB 1070,’ ” Lady Gaga said to the 14,000 Little Monsters. Several music acts — Kanye West, Rage Against the Machine and Sonic Youth — have boycotted the state.
According to The Arizona Republic, Lady Gaga said, “Do you really think that us dumb [expletive] pop stars are going to collapse the economy of Arizona?” She added, “We have to be active. We have to protest . . . I will yell and I will scream louder. I will hold you, and we will hold each other, and we will peaceably protest this state.”
Granted, they weren’t exactly the talking points of a stateswoman but when Lady Gaga speaks, her fans listen and act.
“She’s in a unique position in popular culture,” says Paul Levinson, professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University in New York City. “She is widely popular with a big segment of the population even more so than Madonna was 20 years ago. Being a celebrity with YouTube and all of the social media is more powerful than it has been in the past.”
Levinson, author of “New New Media,” says that Lady Gaga’s remarks in Arizona will have an impact.
“When you have someone like Lady Gaga speaking out on it, it may give some people reason to reconsider their position,” Levinson says. “When you had John Lennon singing give peace a chance, more people were turned against the war. A pop icon can be much more persuasive in politics than a politician. She is doing a great service to the Democratic process.”
Lady Gaga recently took on Westboro Baptist Church, the anti-gay hate group based in Kansas, when they picketed her St. Louis concert in July. She told her fans via her social media outlets to ignore the group as they entered the Monster Ball. LGBT advocates have called her a “warrior” for their issues. Last October, she addressed thousands of gay-rights activists at the National Equality March in Washington, D.C. and has supported HIV/AIDS awareness.
Palin and Lady Gaga have one issue they agree on — sexual abstinence. Lady Gaga reportedly says in a September Vanity Fair interview, “I have this weird thing that if I sleep with someone, they’re going to take my creativity through my vagina. . . . I’m mostly celibate now.”
The girl power of Palin and Lady Gaga reaches and activates demographics that are not often widely tapped politically. While Palin continuously stirs chords among blue-collar women, Gaga rouses teens and 20-somethings — one of the groups least receptive to political messaging.
When the Founding Fathers spoke of a healthy democracy’s need for a “marketplace of ideas,” it’s unlikely they envisioned the debate being led by a sexy caribou slayer on one end and piano-torching songstress on the other.
Sarah Palin has a new cause – the proposed mosque near Ground Zero in New York.
On Sunday, via the social networking site Twitter, the former Alaska governor asked “peace-seeking” Muslims to understand that the mosque will interfere with recovery from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
“Peace-seeking Muslims, pls understand, Ground Zero mosque is UNNECESSARY provocation; it stabs hearts. Pls reject it in interest of healing” Palin tweeted from her BlackBerry.
Earlier Sunday afternoon, Palin tweeted, “Ground Zero Mosque supporters: doesn’t it stab you in the heart, as it does ours throughout the heartland? Peaceful Muslims, pls refudiate.”
(But she likely meant “repudiate.”)
Six minutes later, Palin asked New Yorkers to reject the mosque. She wrote, “Peaceful New Yorkers, pls refute the Ground Zero mosque plan if you believe catastrophic pain caused @ Twin Towers site is too raw, too real.”
Palin, who has 190,000-plus Twitter followers, deleted the original post with the misspelling and posted this note: “‘Refudiate,’ ‘misunderestimate,’ ‘wee-wee’d up.’ English is a living language. Shakespeare liked to coin new words too. Got to celebrate it! “
Currently, there are plans to build a $100 million 13-story mosque and Muslim community center two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City. It has already received some of its building permissions. The center would include a swimming pool, auditorium, exhibit space and a worship area.
In June, thousands protested the proposed projects. Bill Keller, a Christian televangelist and leader in the Birther movement has said he will build a Christian center in the same vicinity.
The mosque has the support of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.
CBS and NBC refused to air a “Kill the Ground Zero Mosque” television ad earlier this month.
Palin often takes to her Twitter to endorse candidates and signal to her followers to take a stand on issues.
Her recent tweets include a link to her “Mama Grizzlies” video that said, “Enjoy the video and please support commonsense conservative candidates who will work with you and for you to take.”
Last week, a post focused on her family. “Todd,Willow & I head to Denali to climb Sweettooth=tiny sliver of Mt.McKinley, No.America’s highest peak;cool air &elevation=good 4 the soul.”
Palin also uses her Facebook account as a tool to reach her nearly two million Facebook fans. Last week, she wrote a note entitled: “The Charge of Racism: It’s Time to Bury the Divisive Politics of the Past,” taking on the Tea Party and the NAACP controversy.
She wrote, “The only purpose of such an unfair accusation of racism is to dissuade good Americans from joining the Tea Party movement or listening to the common sense message of Tea Party Americans who simply want government to abide by our Constitution, live within its means, and not borrow and spend away our children’s futures. Red and yellow, black and white, this message is precious in all our sights.”
Her last line of that note? “It is time to end the divisive politics.”