When novelist George Orwell ended his biting satire of Josef Stalin’s Communist dictatorship of the former Soviet Union, Orwell penned at the end of Animal Farm what could be the greatest literary example of sanctioned and socially acceptable hypocrisy: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Quite possibly proving faux-outrage and false piety aren’t the exclusive property of Uncle Joe, more than a few in the press as well as social media have come down hard on Republican Sarah Palin for a photo of her young child standing on the family dog, yet giving the darling of the political left, Ellen DeGeneres, kudos for posting an “adorable” and “cute” photo of essentially the same thing.
The conservative/libertarian-leaning TPNN.com portal (via Google News) reported on Jan. 3, 2015, Palin’s photo drew not only personal insults, but calls for her death. However, in a posting on July 1, 2015, talk show hostess Ellen DeGeneres displayed a similar “picture of her daughter using the family dog as a step stool to reach the sink on her Facebook page. While some did question DeGeneres’s decision to let her daughter stand on the dog, there were no personal attacks on DeGeneres herself, but rather mostly concern that the dog may eventually bite, or was uncomfortable.” As cited by TPNN.com, the DeGeneres photo garnered well over a quarter million “thumbs up” on Twitter.
As reported by the right-of-center Breitbart.com news site on Jan. 2, 2015, the former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate during the GOP run for the White House in 2004, Sarah Palin has taken heat for an inspirational New Year’s message she sent via Twitter and Facebook which showed her son Trig standing atop his service dog, Jill, as he reached for the kitchen sink. Diagnosed with Down Syndrome, Palin wrote of the photo of the two, “every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward.” Within hours of her tweet, the decidedly left-leaning Politico.com made a point of referring to Palin’s post as proof she “stepped in it.”
Politico writer Kendall Breitman ensured he published only quotes which condemned Palin. President Priscilla Feral of the group Friends of Animals was quoted as stating, “It’s no surprise to Friends of Animals that Sarah Palin is so insensitive she thinks a Black Lab should be tolerant of a child who isn’t told to not put his full weight on top of the dog’s back by standing on him. How lazy of Sarah Palin not to move the dog out of the way and teach her child the right lessons.”
Also weighing in was PETA President Ingrid Newkirk who said in an exclusive to Politico, “PETA, along with everyone else, is used to the hard-hearted, seeming obliviousness of this bizarrely callous woman.” Not quite as harsh or bitter as Friends of Animals or PETA, the President of the Animal Welfare Institute, Cathy Liss was understanding but still cautionary, “Although perhaps a seemingly innocent post on Facebook by Palin, a child standing on a dog is not safe for either the child or the dog.”
Along with the organizations, individuals also took to social media to condemn, personally insult, and also call for the death of Palin. One individual also bragged of having pedophile fantasies of the Palin child while he masturbated as he looked at the Twitter photo.
As Mike Vaughn (@mikejvaughn) proudly informed the world via the micro-blogging site, “Was having a good wank to your kid’s pic, but then scrolled down to the poor dog and lost my boner. Suggestions?” Another possible non-fan of Palin would be Ben Trawlins who simply shared his wish that Palin would “Please die this year!” Other examples of cyber-threats/insults include her being referred to as a “moron,” while another individual wished the Ebola virus upon Palin.