It’s not the first time and it probably won’t be the last, but former Governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is in the news after making a controversial Facebook post. That post is below:
As you can see, the pictures feature Palin’s son, Trig, standing on the family’s “lazy dog.” For obvious reasons, posters and viewers alike were unhappy to see an animal being used s a stool. A brief sampling of the responses:
- “So, it is teaching the child it is okay to step on dogs and he steps on one that doesn’t take it quite so well. What then? Respect needs to be taught.”
- “It’s disgraceful you took a picture instead of getting him off the dog. Shame on you Sarah Palin.”
- “This isn’t cute, this is animal abuse. No dogs back should ever have that kind of pressure on it. This is totally offensive.”Unsurprisingly, animal rights groups also weren’t happy. In a statement, Ingrid Newkirk, President of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said:
“It’s odd that anyone — let alone a mother — would find it appropriate to post such a thing, with no apparent sympathy for the dog in the photo.”
Palin responded with a contrite apology, promising never to post such a picture again and to be more careful in the future…haha, just kidding, this is Sarah Palin we are talking about and she obviously did the total opposite:
Did PETA let the issue go? Of course not. Newkirk was back:
Palin’s Facebook response shows us that she knows PETA about as well as she knows geography…We have no reason to believe that the Palin companion animals aren’t ordinarily pampered, and we wish the entire family a peaceful and humane 2015.
Normally, this is the part where I warn that you need to be careful of what you post on Facebook, because even if you have good intentions (getting rid of stumbling blocks in the New Year), your post can be misconstrued by your supporters and detractors alike. However, there’s an important exception to this post: it’s Sarah Palin. I don’t mean that to be obnoxious, but time and time again, the former Governor has intentionally courted controversy. Indeed, that is former Governor Palin’s standard mode of operation: she courts controversy and reaps the media attention afterwards. In that sense, former Governor Palin has certainly succeeded: she’s all over the news with this post. Unfortunately, the post came at the expense of her dog, and her child.