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