Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin gets off Facebook to return to SNL in style


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Tina Fey's Sarah Palin gets off Facebook to return to SNL in style

Sometimes, Facebook just isn’t enough.

SNL/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Appealing to the masses online has its attractions.

It even has its revenue potential.

There is still nothing, however, like a physical stage with large cameras pointed in your direction and microphones poised to capture your every utterance.

This is something Sarah Palin understands. When I say “Sarah Palin,” I am specifically referring (at least, today) to the Tina Fey version.

On “Saturday Night Live,” this almost-more-famous-than-the-real-one Palin returned in order to relive her endorsement of runaway (and hide) Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

Looking like a star and wearing more spangles than any banner I’ve ever seen, Palin began: “I wanted to take a break from my full-time career of writing things on Facebook to fly down here and lend my support to the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”

When the real Palin endorsed the real Trump In Iowa last week, the great man stood without speaking. His face, however, suggested that he had several thoughts about the spectacle that he wouldn’t dare articulate.

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Some might have perceived a certain “can you believe this is happening?” air about him.

In the SNL version, however, he — through the person of Darrell Hammond — airs his thoughts, which include the idea that Palin might not be all there.

These are especially poignant given sentences from the former governor of Alaska such as: “We’ve seen our own children targeted by the police for no reason other than they committed some crimes.” And: “We turn on the news every morning and are shocked to see we’re not even on it, because we’ve been replaced by immigrants like Geraldo Rivera.”

And there it is, the desperate need to be on the morning news, the howling gasps to breathe the oxygen of TV. It’s a quality of oxygen that Facebook just can’t supply.

There’s a quite glorious twist at the end of this. I’ll leave it for your edification.

Let’s just say that Palin has one or two inner thoughts of her own. One or two.