Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Palin's Next Speaking Engagement is a Joke. No, really. It's a joke

So yesterday the news services and blogs were all abuzz about Sarah Palin's next speaking engagement in Asia. There was a lot of collective head-scratching as to why Asian investment group CLSA would invite someone with virtually no foreign policy experience to speak before a group of international investors in Hong Kong.

I wondered, too. And the best I come up with was that she'd have something in common with the natives. English is their second language. English is her second language.

Then today comes a report that takes the mystery out of the invitation. It's a joke.

According to Business Insider Daily, the Asian investment firm CLSA which booked Palin has a reputation for bringing a touch of humor to their investor meetings.

In the past, they've polled Asian fortunte tellers for index targets, hired anime cartoonists to draw Japanese research and generally love to push the boundaries between entertainment and analysis. They are a real research firm, it's just that they love to sprinkle in some hilarity every now and then as a smart marketing gimmick.

Sarah Palin, the report says, "is this year's big laugh for them."

Now the big question is will she even know she's being pranked. Sarah's a little slow on the uptake. During the 2008 campaign a couple of Canadian DJ's calling themselves "The Masked Avengers" strung her along for nearly five minutes by making her think she was talking to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Sarah remained oblivious during the chat, even when "Sarkozy" asked if she'd take him hunting by helicopter and referenced a porn movie - Nailin Palin - that featured her likeness.

It took the DJ's telling Sarah she'd been pranked before she figured it out. The woman is a laugh riot without even trying. Now that she knows she's expected to be funny in Asia, does that mean she'll actually try? Or will the former-VP candidate-turned-international-joke do as she has always done at home and deliver the laughs just by opening her mouth?

Or maybe she won't go at all, as has been her trend. This time at least, she'll have an excuse.


Andrea said...

Remember waaay back when she went on SNL? It seemed like she could kinda-sorta take a joke? Those were the days. Now she seems...not all there. Like stuff doesn't really register with her.

Morgan said...

There's been a lot of speculation that she's had some sort of breakdown. I don't now if that's true, but the "not all there-ness" of Sarah Palin seems to have only increased since the national campaign ended, from the bizarre turkey pardon to disjointed resignation speeches to the Twitter and Facebook entries she penned before getting someone else to do her writing for her.

Currently she's out of sight, with no one seeming to know where she is. Makes you wonder..

Anonymous said...

She'll say she never knew about the conference, like she has done, what, four times already?

It wasn't confirmed, she didn't know, prior commitments, her family needs her........

Anonymous said...

Currently she's out of sight, with no one seeming to know where she is. Makes you wonder.."

Plastic surgery takes a while to heal up. Or she could be detoxing..

Morgan said...

She'll say Trig booked it by accident. That kid is such a pain.

Anonymous said...

So, some of you actually think she's going to stiff the Chinese and pass up an opportunity to make her bones on the international level by speaking on the one thing she knows well: oil?

Well, you have your right to your delusions.

It's going to be a hoot to visit this fountain of paranoia in three weeks after Palin returns from China and the web is swollen with soundbites, photos of Palin with Rock Star chinese SEO's, and
articles from Australia to Abilene trying to figure out how she SEEMED so informed and articulate.

Morgan said...

Anon, you're right. She knows oil. That's one thing.