Another day, another desperate attempt by Sarah Palin to remain relevant. A mere two weeks ago, the former politician/current unemployed reality star made us LOL by admitting that she hadn’t read the homophobic Duck Dynasty interview she was ardently defending. Today, she’s weaseled her way back on our radar by declaring that young women should stop taking selfies and start… catching fish. For the good of America.
Palin spoke at the Television Critics Association this morning–for reasons unknown– but thank goodness she did, because we got this delightful quote out of it:
I think the world would be better off having more young women holding a fish in a picture than holding their camera in front of a bathroom mirror, taking a selife.
I realize that the whole point of that soundbite was for her to say the word “selfie,” because people over 45 can utilize the Betty White effect and get a cheap laugh out of using internet buzzwords, but since when is taking a selfie and enjoying outdoor activities mutually exclusive? Every celebrity with legs Instagrams a picture of themselves hiking Runyon Canyon every Saturday morning (looking at you, Lea Michele) and Rihanna has never stepped foot on a beach without taking photographic evidence. I know this thought has never been expressed before, but I have a feeling that Sarah Palin doesn’t understand the internet. Or phones. (Or possibly long division.)
When asked what lesson she’d like to teach American girls, Palin went on to sound even more eye-rolly:
I want to see young girls get out there and do what my daughters have been able to do. … The girls want to be a spokesperson for a healthy lifestyle that I think can result in a more industrious America. So I want to see more girls kind of be turned on to that.
No disrespect to the Palin daughters (they actually seem pretty cool), but there are other ways to be healthy and pro-America and “industrious” besides just catching fish. Similarly, liking to take pictures of yourself in the name of self-care is not a negative thing. It doesn’t mean you’re unhealthy and it doesn’t mean you’re lazy and it doesn’t mean you’re obsessed with yourself.
Also, if I do say so myself, it’s maybe a tiny bit ironic that the person standing up to selfie culture has an IMDB page for their various attempts to become a reality star. Just a tiny bit.
Via E! / Featured photo: Getty