Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Whittington: Could 'Sarah Palin's Alaska' Get an Emmy?

"One can just imagine the pandemonium that would ensue at the Emmy Awards ceremony..."
Mark Whittington notes that Gov. Palin may potentially become an Emmy Award winner for her "Sarah Palin's Alaska" series which aired last year on The Learning Channel. It seems that TLC has entered "Sarah Palin's Alaska" in four categories: cinematography, picture editing, music composition and best reality program, giving her four shots at taking home one of the iconic statuettes:
Just from an artistic quality standard, the show does deserve at least a nomination in these categories. From a Hollywood political standard, one cannot imagine any possibility that Palin's reality series would win anything. If there is one place where she is hated more than the newsrooms of America's lamestream media, it is Hollywood.

Of course, the hatred is not universal. Recently Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, not exactly in Palin's political camp, did stick up for her during the email kerfuffle. One suspects there a few in Hollywood who secretly like the Lady from Wasilla but, adhering to the politics that dare not speak its name in Tinseltown, remains pretty much silent about that fact.

One can just imagine the pandemonium that would ensue at the Emmy Awards ceremony this fall if Palin were to actually win Best Reality Show. It would be as if righty film director John Milius had won something for one of his movies. The rioting inside the hall would liven up an otherwise dull evening as the Mama Grizzly comes up to the stage to accept her award.

Whittington says simply the act of nominating Mama Bear could actually be a savvy PR move for Tinseltown. It would allow Hollywood to claim that it doesn't really hate conservatives. Plus, the buzz created by a nomination or two for SPAlaska would drive the ratings for the awards show into the stratosphere. Will Hollywood's PR addiction win out over its PDS affliction? Stay tuned...

- JP

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