Sarah Palin has Wonder Woman spinning mad

Sept. 16, 2008 | 1:00 p.m.

I have to say upfront that it’s difficult for me to be objective in any way when it comes to Lynda Carter. Let’s just say for a certain little boy growing up in South Florida, watching Wonder Woman spin around on TV and tie Nazis up with her lasso was a deeply moving childhood experience. Let’s stop right here for a moment and reflect on the glory of Amazon princess….

Wow. OK, let me focus. Yes. Anyway, I bring this up because Carter (whom you might have caught in a fun supporting role as the school principal in “Sky High“) just got up in the grill of Sarah Palin, the governor of Alaska and the Republican candidate for vice president. The woman who used to wear the industrial-grade red, white and blue bikini with such (ahem) pride sounds like she’s about to drop an invisible plane on the polarizing politician.

Here’s the exchange between Victor Fiorillo and Carter in an otherwise innocuous Q&A about her music career that appeared in Philadelphia Magazine:

Okay, last question. I’m sure you’ve seen all the comparisons in the media and among Republicans of Sarah Palin to Wonder Woman. How do you feel about that?

Don’t get me started. She’s the anti-Wonder Woman. She’s judgmental and dictatorial, telling people how they’ve got to live their lives. And a superior religious self-righteousness … that’s just not what Wonder Woman is about. Hillary Clinton is a lot more like Wonder Woman than Mrs. Palin. She did it all, didn’t she?

No one has the right to dictate, particularly in this country, to force your own personal views upon the populace — religious views. I think that is suppressive, oppressive, and anti-American. We are the loyal opposition. That’s the whole point of this country: freedom of speech, personal rights, personal freedom. Nor would Wonder Woman be the person to tell people how to live their lives. Worry about your own life! Worry about your own family! Don’t be telling me what I want to do with mine.

I like John McCain. But this woman — it’s anathema to me what she stands for. I think America should be very afraid. Very afraid. Separation of church and state is the one thing the creators of the Constitution did agree on — that it wasn’t to be a religious government. People should feel free to speak their minds about religion but not dictate it or put it into law.

What I don’t understand, honestly, is how anyone can even begin to say they know the mind of God. Who do they think they are? I think that’s ridiculous. I know what God is in my life. Now I am sure that she’s not all just that. But it’s enough to me. It’s enough for me to have a visceral reaction. And it makes me mad.

Wow! This could start a whole new feature on the political shows. Old superhero actors and their political views. What does Adam West think of Barack Obama? Does Lou Ferrigno support the green movement? (It seems like he should.) Does anybody know the number for Nicholas Hammond or William Katt?

— Geoff Boucher

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29 Responses to Sarah Palin has Wonder Woman spinning mad

  1. politicjock says:

    Why does a so called "maverick" like John McCain need to embrace the tactics of distortion, of outright lies in the current political race that looks as if it has become as down and dirty as any election in recent years? Doesn't a maverick refuse to join the herd, to march to a different drummer? If John McCain has already employed the tactics of the last eight years of the Bush administration (lies and deceit as in Iraq's WMD or that Iraq was responsible for 9/11), hasn't McCain already shown that his administration (should he win the election) will simply be a continuation of the untruths and distortions that are a hallmark of George Bush and Company?

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  3. Christopher Lawrence says:

    Well put Lynda Carter, couldn't agree more.
    Palin the prissy prom queen is hardly the type of politician our country needs in such a high position.
    Why is it that the facts about her seem to be absent from major media headlines?
    As a nation it is time we re-think how most of us choose our leaders.
    Doesn't matter if they are the guy we could sit down and have a beer with or the hockey mom next door, in fact those qualities should DIS-qualify them, we need to pick our leaders based on their true qualifications.
    I for one don't want a housewife or a bubba in charge of the free world, I want someone who is a STATESMAN!

  4. Edward says:

    Christoper Lawrence,
    You call Palin prissy? How have you not heard that she hunts, can field dress a moose, and is a commercial fisherman? That is prissy? She is 10x the man you are.

  5. Chris says:

    So now media will be sifting through B and C level TV and music celebs to trump up outrage about Sarah Palin. Just how desparate can the LA Times be?
    First Pink kicks in with her opinion and now Wonder Woman – may I suggest you go ask Joyce De Witt from Three's Company or Tony Orlando and Dawn how they feel about Palin's views on abortion. Both would be just as current and trenchant a commentator as Lynda Carter.

  6. Big Shaker says:

    I've said it many times before, and I'll say it again: why do we care what celebrities think? What special insight or education or experience or wisdom do they have that makes their opinions noteworthy?
    As for Sarah Palin, I'd say if she has so many current and has-been celebrities in a frothing rage, then she must be doing something right.

    • Carl says:

      Another tea party moron! If we are screaming about celebrities speaking their minds, then why don't we include sports figures, newscasters, lawyers, and politicians, the last bunch are mostly responsible for the mess we're in right now! As for Sarah Palin, anyone who is so stupid and idiotic to put herself out there and say such asinine, idiotic sayings, and then try to sound so pious and superior, is in desperate need of a lobotomy!

  7. Dave says:

    Wow! Once again we see the ignorance of the Hollywood elite. Ms. Carter obviously has never taken the time to listen to Governor Palin. She must get her information from her uninformed Hollywood friends and MSNBC (sorry for the redundancy). Sarah Palin never said she knows the "mind of God"; PLEASE! She made it very clear that when you make your decisions you hope God is on your side and guiding you through those decisions. It just baffles me how that gets misinterpreted.
    As far as her free speech remark… you MUST be kidding me?! In Chicago, for the second time in a month, there was a organized effort “Obama Action Wire” to silence speakers to be heard on Chicago radio station WGN-AM. David Freddoso most recently, and on August 27th when Stanley Kurtz, a conservative writer who examined Obama’s ties to former 1960s radical William Ayers; despite having an Obama surrogate on the show. I guess it's free speech as long as you say what Barack Hussein Obama wants you to say.

  8. Johnson says:

    "You call Palin prissy? How have you not heard that she hunts, can field dress a moose, and is a commercial fisherman? That is prissy? She is 10x the man you are"
    And that makes her qualified to do what? There isn't any moose in the White House.

    • O Bloody Hell says:

      > There isn't any moose in the White House.
      No, but there's sure a lot of bull in the libtard brain. The response was to the idiotic claim she was "prissy", not to address her political capabilities. I realize the distinction is lost on the libtard brain, but you might at least TRY to keep the answers connected to the questions and claims they're attached to…

  9. Jaime says:

    First off, why would anyone compare Wonder Woman and Sarah Palin in the same sentence let alone in the same statement. I completely agree with what Lynda is saying. I don't blame Lynda for being mad. Who wouldn't. Not only did Lynda explain what Wonder Woman stood for but she stands by it 100%.
    Lynda isn't the only one that has problems with Palin. Didn't Matt Damon just say something about a week ago about not liking her?? Why is it that when a celeb says something about the presumative VP that they get dirt kicked at them. They have every right to voice their opinion just like anyone else. I mean this possible VP could someday be sitting in the big seat. I mean I know I'd be wanting to know what these people's views are and how they are going to run a country that is deeply falling into a ravine.

    • O Bloody Hell says:

      > Why is it that when a celeb says something about the presumative VP that they get dirt kicked at them.

      Why is it that anyone thinks that *acting talent* provides any kind of vague capacity to understand the complexities of, well, just about anything but acting?

      Most actors — no matter how talented, finished high school and little else. A random few of the more well-known ones actually finished college, but rarely with any kind of technical, or even socio-political — degree. So why would you pay any more attention, or place any more weight,onto a celeb's opinion on Global Warming, or on The Economy, or on complex Political issues — than you would pretty much ANY college dropout?

      Which one is more likely to understand the complexities of geopolitics, Susan Sarandon, with a BA in drama from The Catholic University of America, or Condi Rice, with a PhD in Poli Sci from prestigious Stanford University? That doesn't mean Sarandon CAN'T be right — but which way would you want to bet, if you had no knowledge of anything they claimed or stood for?

      • john smith says:

        So, anyone who is not a political science majored college grad has no concept of how to run a country, and also cant have an opinion on politics? And is stupid in general? Even though i dropped out of hs, I later went back for my g.e.d, was reading on twelveth grade level in fifth grade, at one point had over 50% of the entire encyclopedia brittanica memorized, built my own automatic door opener/closer at age 7 ( in 1971 ) just to name a few of my abilities. Your own narrow minded judgement of someone just because they are a popular former actress shows YOUR lack of i.q.

  10. SeaShark says:

    I share Lynda Carter's opiniion of Sarah Palin, and I share Carter's opinion about the necessity and value of church-state separation.
    Sarah Palin is a lot of things, including a wretched hypocrite. Palin insists that the sole sex education protocol that should be taught in public schools is "abstinence only" but fails to mention that her and husband Todd's first child was conceived a month before they eloped and got married. Palin's eldest daughter, 17-year old Bristol, is pregnant and unmarried. Incidentally, Governor Palin, either stop using your children as photo props or stop insisting that your children are off limits for public discussion.
    Sarah Palin believes that abortion is a sin and believes that the Bible's Creation story is literally true. Palin isn't content to merely believe, however. She wants Roe v. Wade reversed and will then encourage all 50 state legislatures to codify her religious belief and make abortion illegal except to save the life of pregnant women whose physical health is at severe risk. Palin also insists that Creation should be taught as science in public schools. Sarah Palin's single minded determination to infect statutory law in a constitutional, democratic republic with religious dogma is irresponsible and inexcusable.
    Sarah Palin's smug, self-righteous, discriminatory, punitive, anti-intellectual religious dynamic—seasoned with arrogance and hypocrisy—would have served her well during the Crusades. The USA in 2008 needs a President and Vice-President who are a bit more evolved. Sarah Palin is the wrong person at the wrong time for this country.

  11. Marci says:

    well I can tell you a BIT about William Katt seeing as I am following the Hero movement.
    William Katt has a comic book company called Catastrophic comics! He has let out a comic book, by/with Chris Folino, called Sparks.
    In August Mythology Wars (Another Katt comic)will be out. And the Big news, William Katt
    is releasing the Greatest American Hero comic book in November!
    AND they WILL be doing a Greatest American Hero movie! There is a lot of excitement going around.
    Here is the link.
    Tell them Marci Sent you.
    You already know about Heroes. He has conventions he is going to go to
    so, keep your eyes peeled.
    and if you want to talk about the Greatest American Hero go here.
    We're a great bunch and the bd has been very active for about 3 yrs.
    Yup! We chat GAH and keep up on where the gang will be!
    As much as I love Nicholas Hammond (Spiderman 80's show) I only have time to follow one hunk at a time. ;-)
    But check out the links. It'll be fun!

  12. curious george says:

    I'm so glad my boyhood crush on Lynda Carter is now proven to be based on more than just stunning good looks!
    Spoken like a true patriot.

  13. Wanda Denise says:

    I agree Christopher Lawrence. I do not care if my president can hunt, fish, etc. That has nothing to do with running the country! I want someone who cares about the American public. I do agree with Lynda also! I think it is an insult to Lynda's character Wonder Woman. Also when Palin refered to herself as Hilary Clinton, I thought that was an insult too! HIlary said that she would not bash her opponent in any way because it wouldn't get her anywhere, she was right. Palin has bashed her opponents since she was elected, and what has she refered to herself as? Hilary Clinton. And now she thinks Wonder Woman? Oh, I think NOT! At least Wonder Woman cared about the American public, fighting for truth, Justice and the American way. Palin's just another pretty face. IF Palin gets elected, we might as well have moved to China or another dictatorship. Lynda said about Palin, "telling people how they’ve got to live their lives." Who is Palin to talk, if Palin is such the God fearing woman that she claims, then how come she didn't teach her 17 year old daughter abstinence? You didn't see Chelsea Clinton running around in her teen years, pregnant. Another point that Palin is not Hilary or Wonder Woman! Lynda, you said it ALL!!

  14. Joseph says:

    I'll never understand why Republicans get all up in arms about celebrities speaking their mind (and then denigrating them as B or C list stars, or has-beens). First, though there aren't many, there are Republican celebrities who not only speak their mind, but even walk the walk, going into politics (Reagan, of course, but also Fred Thompson)–do they turn around and belittle those celebrities? NO!
    Second, these celebrities aren't doing anything wrong; in fact, as American citizens, they have a right to speak their minds–though the First Amendment has taken some beatings in the past 8 years, it's still going strong, thank God/Goddess/Allah/Kate Winslet! Republicans should be celebrating a person's right to speak their mind freely.
    Finally, just because somebody is famous doesn't make the views any less valid. When an ordinary schmoe is on TV giving their opinion, Republicans don't attack them for speaking their mind, though they may disagree with them. But if a person has worked hard to attain success in their field of acting or music, if they speak their mind, it's wrong and they should shut up.
    It's really disgraceful. I applaud Matt Damon, Pink, Lindsay Lohan, Pamela Anderson and Lynda Carter for giving their opinion, just as I would applaud Patricia Heaton, Kelsey Grammer, Jon Voight or Chuck Norris (all famous Republicans) for voicing theirs.

  15. egc52556 says:

    What does Conan the Destroyer think of Schwarzenegger?

  16. BernieB says:

    I am sick and tired of celebrities getting mixed up in the elections like this. It was bad enough some singer used Johnny Cash's name, even though the man is already dead and can't speak for himself. Now we get pop culture references thrown in to build the candidates' image? I don't care which is their favorite superhero! Those characters are vigilantes! They aren't appointed officers of the law! Now some idiots call Palin 'Wonder Woman'? No wonder Lynda Carter is mad. What's next? Do we compare the candidates to Star Wars characters?
    Bring in the real issues facing America today. And which big thinkers are willing to support which candidate?

  17. Christine G says:

    What I take issue with is the ignorance shown by dismissing opinions because they are from so-called "Hollywood" personalities. As someone else has said, why should the Hollywood community be cosidered any less intelligent and informed than everyone else? Being doubly ignorant, are those who refer to Lynda Carter as part of this Hollywood set. As far as I know Lynda has not lived in Hollywood for over 20 years! (HELLO!!) Not only that, but where she HAS lived is WASHINGTON DC; the center of activity for the highest political activity in the land! And not only has she been in the proximity of this activity, she and her family have been frequenly in the company of educated and influential men and women prominent on the US and world stage. She has entertained them at her home, had the opportunity to converse with them, and more than once attented White House functions. Under those circumstances, I'd say Lynda is at least as knowledgable as any other ordinary person who may freely express an opinion on the political scene. And everyone is entitled to their own opinion. But if you find it necessary to denigrate her opinon based on the company she supposedly keeps, at least base your comments on the FACTS!

  18. Jason says:

    Yet another liberal idiot that thinks they know everything…
    "Separation of Church and State" is found NOWHERE in the in the constitution!
    I'd love it if these actors would just stick to what they know instead of trying to stick their noses into politics… What a joke.

  19. Charles says:

    My respect for Linda Carter has just been tarnished. What an idiot she sounds like. I loved the Wonder Woman TV show as a child. But yikes, when did Linda Carter become such a nasty shrew who doesn't even know the facts? The man who would become the third President wrote the concept of a separation in personal letter to a church, Danbury Baptist. Lynda, Jefferson wrote the letter to express that the government should in NO way obstruct the freedom OF religion. Read a book! While you are at it pick up the documents the founding fathers wrote and you will find they were RELIGIOUS and believed that we are endowed by our CREATOR, not by the government, with rights. Check out the bill of rights (#1 in your case), The Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence. No wonder we import our workforce today.

  20. Brad says:

    Lynda Carter, has been a Wasington 'insider' for the past 20 something years. She hangs with the cream of the political crop and is much more than the 'Wonder Woman' most of you nay-saying no-minds seem to think she is. I won't bother to list the many causes, fundraising campaigns (political and charitable), that she has been chairman and or involved in. As far as 'current' or 'trenchant' goes, she's still a very busy WORKING performer, deffinitely 'current'. Her comment, WHICH WAS ASKED OF HER BTW, was quite effective and passionate as well as POLITICAL This by DEFFINITION, is trenchant.
    Now, as Carter affirming as these points are, the same may be applied to Elizabeth (REPUBLICAN VIEW HARPIE) Hasselbeck as well. Even though she has what? MAYBE 2 YEARS with an actual 'view' from the 'psuedo' inside??? Puh-Leeeze!!
    90 % of 'Hollywood' types can't be wrong.
    It's the other 10% 'Harpiebeck' types who amaze the rest of us with their ability to speak at all what with having their feet in their mouth most of the time…

    • O Bloody Hell says:

      > 90 % of 'Hollywood' types can't be wrong.

      ??? What possible justification could you EVER make for such a moronic statement? I mean, other than "Well, I'm a moron!!"

      Here, let me re-phrase it for you:
      "Hey, 90% of trailer-trash CAN'T be wrong!"

      Makes just as much sense. The education levels are pretty close to the same.

      As far as why celebs are jumped on, it's got a lot to do with the echo-chamber their political notions are developed in. Once you attain a certain level of celebrity, there are very few people willing to upset the gravy train by actually telling a "star" that they're an ignorant fool about subject 'x'.

  21. hero stalker says:

    i do not care what she did, she is still hot no matter how old or how bad she is!

  22. marcus says:

    It sounded more like Lynda was going off against Christians rather than Palin herself. I find this heartbreaking considering I am a Christian but have adored Ms. Carter since I was 5 years old. She comes across as very hateful in this rant, both using fear and speaking out against the use of fear in the same argument. Lynda also seems to talk down Christians as being unintelligent, she uses God as a he/she as to pull God into the old tired battle of the sexes that most Americans moved on from years ago. If she disapproves of Sarah Palin being called Wonder Woman then that's fine, but to put down Christians was wrong. If there is one thing Wonder Woman is not supposed to be about its hatred.

  23. marcus says:

    Someone just removed the last paragraph of Lynda Carter's statement.

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