Proving that she lives each day like she’s a parody of herself, Sarah Palin admitted that she hadn’t read the interview with Duck Dynasty‘s Phil Robertson before publicly defending him. In fact, she still hasn’t read it and she’s still publicly defending him.
The former governor (current unemployed reality TV star) appeared on Greta Van Susteren‘s Fox News segment to discuss her irrelevant thoughts on the homophobia scandal. When asked if she had any problem with the way Robertson stated his opinion, Palin said, “I haven’t read the article. I don’t know exactly how he said it.” Nice work!
Immediately following her confession that she doesn’t know what the interview contains, Palin went on to add,
He was quoting the gospel, so people who are so insulted and offended by what he said, evidently, are offended by what he was quoting in the gospel. So, you know, that’s a whole– that’s another interesting aspect in all of this.
Yeah, okay, let’s break that one down. First of all, Americans have exactly as much right to be offended by the content of the gospel as they do by the content of GQ. Second of all, Robertson did not quote the Bible in his offensive rant. Unless I missed the passage in Deuteronomy that reads, “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me.”
To make matters worse, Palin basically declared that she has no idea what the concept of free speech entails:
Now it’s becoming more of a discussion within the exchange of ideas in the public and private square and in pop culture, whether we’re allowed to express our personal opinions without threats of intimidation and mockery and criticism.
The Constitution doesn’t give a crap if people mock or criticize you. ”Free speech” means that you can’t go to prison for saying that gay people are gross– not that you can’t be called an asshole on Twitter. Robertson is 100% allowed to be a jerk, just like I’m 100% allowed to write articles about him being a jerk. That’s what free speech is.
Palin ends her interview with the Sarah Palinest of hypocritical quotes: ”Thicken your skin and quit being so intolerant of people expressing public opinion and private opinion.” I’m not even gonna touch that one. It’s too easy.