I have always loved Wonder Woman. Something about those star-spangled hot pants and that Golden Lasso spoke to untold parts of my prepubescent psyche. Oh, and there was also that little bit about her being a kick-ass Amazon princess who took out the bad guys. So naturally I loved Lynda Carter, too, and after hearing her thoughts on Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, I couldn’t possibly love her more.
Last week, when asked offhandedly by Philadelphia Magazine what she thought of Palin being compared to her most-recognized character, Wonder Woman, the 57-year-old star pulled no punches:
Pardon me while I swoon.
But the daughter of Hippolyta wasn’t done yet — not by a long shot.
Wow, that’s what I call a Wonder Woman-sized smackdown. I know lots of folks have issues with celebrities inserting themselves in the political discourse. I, for one, don’t really mind. Heck, they’re citizens too and judging by the amount of time the general populace spends obsessing about them, they’re the only citizens we seem to really care about.
Carter’s criticism joins a chorus of stars (from Matt Damon to Pamela Anderson to Pink, and even Lindsay Lohan) who have come out against the potential VP. And, if Tina Fey‘s dead-on parody from Saturday Night Live is any indication, glasses-wearing celebrities aren’t too pleased with her either.
Regardless of how you feel about stars talking politics, Carter’s comments are particularly salient given the imagery used by both the campaign and press to describe the Alaska governor. Remember those “GI John & Superwoman” signs from the Republican Convention?
And if you don’t think the Wonder Woman metaphor has been made quite forcefully enough, check out the (terrible) Photoshopping on these T-shirts. A word of warning: Actually wearing one might make you the least popular lesbian at the annual softball tournament this year.
Though, if we’re going to talk Photoshopped super-politicians, this is by far my favorite:
So, was Carter out of line in pulverizing Palin’s politics? Or was she just bound by her own lasso of truth? And remind me never to make Wonder Woman angry.