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Eminem’s Palin Spoof Condemned By Bill O’Reilly

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Eminen's new video "We Made You" mocks women who havedominated the news in the last year. Set up as a spoof of the Bret Michaels reality show Rock Of Love, Em pokes fun of Britney Spears, LindsayLohan, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Aniston, Amy Winehouse, EllenDeGeneres and Sarah Palin.

Though critics can find fault with all of the portrayals, The O'Reilly Factor host Bill O'Reillydefends just one of the women-Sarah Palin, the Alaska Governor who was the 2008Republican vice presidential candidate.

O'Reilly, a longtime hip-hop antagonist, calls Eminem'sdepiction of Palin crude. A Palin lookalike dressed in a low cut bustier andbusiness suit sits atop of an office desk, flirting with a shirtless Eminemposing as Palin's husband.

O'Reilly is upset the media has not condemned Em for thevideo. "Eminem is obviously on an obscene rant about Sarah Palin," O'Reillysays in Wednesday's broadcast. "Totally obscene. Totally inappropriate. Nothinggood about it."

O'Reilly feels that political analysts for Media Matters, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and NBC should have called Eminem to task forhis treatment of Palin.

"The video means nothing," O'Reilly says. "It plays beforekids who are confused. But the hypocrisy and the dishonesty of the media doesmean something in this country. It is out of control and is demonstrable bythis."

I know that O'Reilly dishes politics, is a Palin supporter,and wants to blast other media outlets for letting Eminem's political dig slipthrough the cracks. It is an interesting perspective. However, if he findsoffensive and "crude" Eminem's implication that former beauty queen Palin is a sex symbol, I wonder if O'Reilly only feels that way because she is a politician?

What about the video's insensitive and mocking depictions of Amy Winehouse, Jessica Simpson, Ellen DeGeneres, Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan? Arethose okay?

Like it or not, "We Made You" is Eminem's typical satire. In my opinion, Tina Fey's pre-election Palin impressions on Saturday Night Live were much moredamaging to Palin's image than this Eminem video.

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