Sunday, November 2, 2008

Canadian Comedians Prank Sarah Palin (Listen)

palin, Canada's largest private broadcaster reports that two "notorious" Canadian comedians from Quebec called Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin and pretended to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The pair dub themselves The Masked Avengers and have a radio show in Canada. Palin fell for the prank, and you can listen to a recording of the call below.

You'll hear Palin giggling like a teenage girl as she discusses hunting without Dick Cheney (She says she'll be a careful shot if she and the French president hunt together), perceptions of Joe the Plumber, how the race between McCain and Obama is tightening, and her possibly being president 8 years from now. You can read about the phone call, at the end of which is a statement from the McCain campaign:
Nearing the end of the conversation, the impersonator tells Palin she's been "pranked," and an aide quickly cuts off the conversation.

Later in the day, a spokeswoman for Palin emailed, a blog dedicated to U.S. politics, and confirmed that the chat had taken place.

"Gov. Palin was mildly amused to learn that she had joined the ranks of heads of state, including President Sarkozy, and other celebrities in being targeted by these pranksters. C'est la vie," Tracey Schmitt in the email.

Starting with persistent phone calls to Alaska, Audette said it took the duo -- which also includes Sebastien Trudel -- about four days of phone calls to Palin's handlers to finally get in touch with her. (
Comments at Huffpo on the prank range from "Palin's an idiot" to "I feel so sorry for her."

Yes, it took persistence from the comedians, but I can't believe it's that easy to get through to Palin. It sounds like the woman who answered the phone was expecting the call.

Listening to this call is better than watching Tina Fey doing Palin. It's great material for, say, the creator of the Palin As President online game that presents Palin as an airhead in the Oval Office.

Palin's spokesperson can say "C'est la vie" and make it sound like Palin's a good sport, but come on! You know whoever let this call through is in deep poop.

Palin fudged through the call like she understood the fake Sarkozy, giving him the respect she should give a head of state. I guess the conversation is one of those examples of Palin thinking on her feet the way Elaine Lafferty says she can, but I still think Palin's not bright enough to lead this nation.


lilalia said...

The fact that the prankers managed to show that Ms. Palin does not know the names of the Canadian Prime Minister (Harper) or Quebec (Charest), as well as saying, in French, the song Sarkozy's wife wrote is titled "lipstick on a pig", amongst many other digs, is more than embarrassing... it is quite shocking. It makes you wonder what her conversations have been like with other world leaders. In this telephone call Sarkozy is insultingly familiar. Shouldn't Ms. Palin have figured it our earlier on?

Vérité Parlant said...

Yep. He was far too familiar to be a head of state, and she didn't seem to pick that up. He even said his wife was great in bed. Huh?

Maybe she didn't catch the names of the Canadian leaders due to the comedian's use of the heavy French accent, but she should have smelled something fishy, I think.

Of course, there are people who complain and say the prank wasn't fair, but she'll have harder tests to pass than comics making prank calls if she elected to higher office.

Thanks, Lilalia.