Doug Stanhope tries to Save Bristol
Personally, I’m a big fan of political humor. I’m an extremely liberal-minded person, so I tend to watch left-slanting comedians (but I do enjoy a good “hippies are pussies” joke from time to time). So what happens when comedians actually take their views a step further (ie: off the stage) and actually try to make a difference?
The result may resemble something like Saving Bristol, a website set up by comedian Doug Stanhope. Saving Bristol aims to raise as much money as possible (including $50,000 from Stanhope personally) to offer to Bristol Palin as an escape plan.
From the mouth of Stanhope himself:
“Never in history has a woman been under more pressure to keep an unwanted pregnancy than Bristol Palin. She is the teenage daughter of Alaska Governor & Vice-Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin – a conservative, Creationist Christian power-vampire and pro-life huckster who has put Bristol and her un-welcomed fetus at the center of a politico-religious crusade to stop her exercising her constitutional right to terminate the pregnancy.
Rather than sit back and impotently bemoan Bristol’s tragic, lonely circumstance, it is time for us – the silent majority – to unite behind this poor, imprisoned woman and save her from both a tyrannical household as well as the horrible nightmare of a forced childbirth.”
All of this may come off as a bit strange, but Stanhope mentions on the site that he was once in a similar situation. I have to admit, it is freshing to see a comedian actually do something to try to make a difference. Obviously this is an extreme attempt (a young girl abandoning her family is a pretty unlikely thing to happen), but at least he seems genuine about it.