By Guest Writer Manuel Rosado at Sammy's Good Eye
Where were the accolades from feminists for Condoleeza Rice? Did NOW stand behind President Bush when he liberated the women of Afghanistan from the most oppressive misogynist regime in history? The cold shoulder given to Secretary Rice by feminists and President Bush’s un-credited historic act of literal women’s liberation were mostly sins of omission. Silence, however, is not the hard and fast rule when it comes to feminist hypocrisy. Most recently an odd yet obvious phenomena has occurred since Sarah Palin took the national stage which is that among her hateful detractors it is women most of all who seem to be falling all over themselves to see who can spew the most venom against arguably the most prolific renaissance woman of our time. The most recent shrew to add her shrill voice to the rabid pack of anti-Palin women is the usually soft spoken, multi-millionaire, ex-con hypocrite Martha Stewart. I’ll make a confession right up front: it was not my intention to write about Sarah Palin again so soon, but coming right on the heels of my unfortunate experience listening to NPR stoke the flames of anti-Palin hysteria last week I could not remain silent when I once again heard such absurdist hatred coming from yet another feminine voice.
Interviewed while walking another red carpet last week, egalitarian in name only Martha Stewart was asked about Sarah Palin. As dispassionately as she reads recipes off her studio teleprompter the former prison inmate didn’t miss a beat in spewing her unsubstantiated criticism and hate against the former Alaska governor, beauty queen, homemaker, sportswoman, author and all around American sweetheart. Asked “why do you think she’s polarizing to so many people?” the compassionate ex-con first tried to feign disinterest by saying “She’s, uh, very boring to me. Very boring.” Okay, fair enough. I am sure lying to Federal investigators and ending up in prison is much more interesting than watching Sarah Palin connect with America’s working men and women; had that been the end of it I wouldn’t have a thing to say, but Mizz Stewart, who claims to be bored by Mrs. Palin had more to say.
“To me (She’s) kind of a dangerous person. I mean, to, uh, she’s dangerous.” Asked to clarify the loquacious Stewart explained “She speaks. She’s so confused, and anyone like that in government is a real problem.” The interviewer, obviously finding Sarah Palin more interesting than the woman who rode her ex-husband’s coattails to fame and fortune, pressed ahead wondering if Stewart had caught any of Governor Palin’s interviews on television. Stewart, who had only seconds before claimed she found Sarah Palin so “very boring” responded “I wouldn’t watch her if you paid me!” As a simple human being I was not aware that blue blood gifted people with such transcendental powers as being able to be bored by someone I supposedly pay no attention to, not to mention find them dangerous! So which is it, Martha? Do you pay her attention and hence become bored and frightened or are you pulling all this out of your oven mitts?
Stepping away from my sarcastic fury for a moment let me leave you with this thought: we are not even one hundred years from the day women won the right to vote in this country and yet we are on the very cusp of seeing a woman become President of the United States (whoever she may finally be). What service does it provide women or humanity itself to deride, mock, and make non-substantive fear mongering attacks on a self made, American success story such as Sarah Palin? One does not need to walk lock step politically with Governor Palin to recognize that her accomplishments have indeed made her perhaps the greatest renaissance woman of our time. Consider that whether you agree with her politics or not her story can prove to be an inspiration for millions of our daughters who daily have to struggle with the poisonous pop culture, hip hop generation, music video message that they are only worth as much as their sex appeal.
Martha Stewart is today worth $638 million and would have you believe she is a self made woman; yet she owes it all to the doors her ex-husband first opened for her three decades ago. Sarah Palin may very well become President of the United States and she owes all her success to the doors she kicked open on her own, never forgetting that her husband and family were and are by her side. That is the American woman who embodies the Spirit of this nation. Martha, keep walking the red carpets and stay in your kitchen because out in the real world you can’t take the heat from a rising sun like Sarah Palin.