Election season brings out the green-talkin’ stars


In this election season when even McCain acknowledges the human link to global warming, we now have vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin who said, on global warming, “I'm not one though who would attribute it to being man-made." She has since flopped to this response: "Show me where I have ever said that there's absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any effect, or no effect, on climate change."

These and other Palin quoteables and actions are bringing the celebrity opiners out of the woodwork.

The wholesome Jessica Alba came out with her series of ads for Declare Yourself with a shocking-to-some bondage theme, to get people to vote. The closest she comes to criticism is, "If you don't register and vote and make a difference, and hopefully change the bad things that are happening in our country, you are essentially just binding and muzzling yourself."

The campaign has gotten the attention it was aiming for; a story on it was one of the most viewed on People magazine’s website last week. Hopefully it’ll be effective in getting out the vote.

Pink is more direct, wanting to ask Palin “Why do you hate animals?” and adds, “This woman hates women. She is not a feminist.”

Then there’s the instantly famous video of Matt Damon comparing the possibility of Palin being president to a bad Disney movie. My favorite line: “I need to know if she really thinks that dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago. I want to know that, I really do. Because she's gonna have the nuclear codes.”

Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson collaborated on a Palin-themed MySpace blog titled “UH OH!” An excerpt: “I find it quite interesting that a woman who now is running to be second in command of the United States only 4 years ago had aspirations to be a television anchor. Which is probably all she is qualified to be. Also interesting that she got her passport in 2006.. And that she is not fond of environmental protection considering she's FOR drilling for oil in some of our protected land. Well hey, if she wants to drill for oil, she should DO IT IN HER OWN backyard. This really shows me her complete lack of real preparation to become the second most powerful person in this country.” Okay, the piece maybe could have been a bit more focused, but it’s full of heart, also touching on gay rights.

This weekend on Saturday Night Live, Tina Fey was a dead ringer in her portrayal of Palin alongside Amy Poehler’s Hillary Clinton (who referred to Palin’s specs as “Tina Fey Glasses”).  Poehler’s Clinton said, “I believe global warming is caused by man,” and Fey’s Palin responded “And I believe it’s just God huggin’ us closer.”

Animal-loving Pamela Anderson was succinct on her feelings about Palin, who spent Alaskan tax dollars to support hunting defenseless wolves from the air. When an interviewer mentioned the giant bearskin rug appearing in a photo with Palin, she replied, “Ugh. I can’t stand her. She can suck it. Quote me.”

I already have.

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