Sarah Palin Loved Knocked Up And Juno

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Hey, remember when people were concerned about the summary way abortion was treated in Juno and Knocked Up? Sarah Palin loved that shit. Especially because it wasn't all "European." God bless America.

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As everyone pores over the leaked excerpts, here are our "favorites" gleaned from America By Heart:

  • Oh look, it is a dig at Michelle Obama for hating whitey. "Certainly his wife expressed this view when she said during the 2008 campaign that she had never felt proud of her country until her husband started winning elections. In retrospect, I guess this shouldn't surprise us, since both of them spent almost two decades in the pews of the Reverend Jeremiah Wright's church listening to his rants against America and white people."
  • Via The Washington Post, we learn that Palin praises Juno and Knocked Up's "subversive moral messages": "A European movie might have had Juno get her abortion in the opening scene and then spend the next hour and fifteen minutes smoking cigarettes and pondering the meaning of life. It would have been depressing and boring." Thinking is so boring!
  • She agrees with the president of NARAL — about the alleged apathy of young women about abortion rights. The girls and women among [pro-lifers] are not buying yesterday's orthodoxy about the inextricable link between abortion and women's liberation. No matter how many times the feminist establishment tells them to sit down and shut up, they show no signs of doing so. Let the debate over the true meaning of feminism begin."
  • She gave up chocolate for a year, just 'cause. Make of that what you will.
  • She says, "We may be creating a generation of entitled little whiners." Some of us may!
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Lots more in several posts at PalinGates.

Related: Sarah Palin Slams Michelle Obama In Racially Charged Passage From New Book [Huffington Post]
Proof That Powerful Feminists Are Enabling Conservative Faux-Feminism [Jessica Valenti]
Sarah Palin's New Book: All The Juicy Parts [WP]

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DISCUSSION

You can't have a light teen comedy revolve around abortion as its entire plot. You can have Fast Times, which has an abortion in it, but abortions as a story point are endings to an arc. Such as it was in Fast Times, since it occurs near the end and is the end point for the characters quest to discover herself and her sexuality.

Dealing with pregnancy is funnier, because of all the things that go with it. Plus, it has 3 trimesters which fits well into the story act structure. While I don't think abortions should be shown as dire or depressing...they aren't really going to make a mainstream audience think of hilarity as the revolving plot point.

Also, Palin clearly knows nothing about Cody or she wouldn't think Juno was subversively anti-choice. I know lots of people hate that Juno keeps the baby, but lots of teenagers do, and the movie actually deals with slut-shaming and people being really shitty that she has it. When she's having it to give to someone else. Yes, it's a rosy, not-especially realistic view of it. Because it's a movie, not a documentary. It's about a character making a decision because she's trying to be "mature"...and the complicated and often funny things that happen along the way.

As much as I think pop culture is important, looking to either film to solve the issue of abortions being portrayed in films as no big deal is ridiculous. They were comedies about pregnancy. That's it.