Monday, November 03, 2008

Palin pranked by Canadian radio station

Sarah Palin once again became the butt of jokes this weekend after she became the victim of a prank call. During a six minute phone call she engaged in a conversation with whom she thought was Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president. Besides a number of bizarre statements from the caller, who spoke in a fake French accent, she failed to smell a rat. During the first part of the call the fake president says, “You know I see you as a president one day, too”. Palin replies “Maybe in eight years!”

The caller refers several times to Sarkozy’s American adviser Johnny Hallyday. But as anyone who's ever taken a French class or travelled to France ought to know, Hallyday is France's biggest aging rock star, who sings in French, but in a "yeah-yeah" (or, in French, yé-yé), America circa 1950s-influenced style.

Then it was suggested they go hunting together after the faux Sarkozy said he liked the activity. “You know we have a lot in common because personally I like to hunt too” the caller said. Palin replied, “Oh, very good, we should go hunting together”.

“Exactly, we could go try hunting by helicopter, like you did. I never did that” the caller says. “Like we say in France, on pourrait tuer des bebe phoques, aussi. [translation: we could kill baby seals, too]”. Unflustered, Palin replies, “Well, I think we could have a lot of fun together while we're getting work done. We can kill two birds with one stone that way”. But the jokes continue as the caller makes a reference to Dick Cheney shooting a friend in the face during a 2006 hunting trip [ref].

“I just love killing those animals. Mmm, mmm, take away life, that is so fun. I'd really love to go, so long as we don't bring along Vice-President Cheney” the caller says. Palin reassures him saying, “No, I'll be a careful shot, yes”.

Even the suggestion that Carla Bruna, Sarkozy's wife, had written a song for Palin entitled “rouge à lèvres sur un cochon” failed to raise an eyebrow. Evidently Palin has little command of the French language, as she would have realised they were referring to the moment when Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama derided his Republican rival John McCain's call for change in Washington as "lipstick on a pig," days after Palin made a lipstick joke at the Republican convention. The McCain-Palin campaign then released an advertisement implying Obama was calling Palin a pig with that remark.

Sarah Palin failed to realize she was being duped even when the caller referred to the Prime Minister of Canada as Stef Carse. The Prime Minister is in fact Stephen Harper, whereas Carse is a country singer. Even a reference to a blue movie flew over the Governor’s head. “Gov. Palin, I love the documentary they made on your life. You know Hustler's Nailin' Paylin?” the caller said. Unaware that ‘Nailin’ Paylin’ was in fact a pornographic movie currently in pre-production, Palin said "Oh good, thank you, yes" [].

In a statement Saturday, Palin's team said the vice-presidential nominee was "mildly amused" to learn she was the victim of a prank."Gov. Palin was mildly amused to learn that she had joined the ranks of heads of state, including President Sarkozy, and other celebrities in being targeted by these pranksters," said spokeswoman Tracey Schmitt. C'est la vie."
[You Tube / BBC / Guardian / Machinist blog].

The Avengers, who have a regular show on Montreal radio station CKOI, will air the full interview on the eve of the U.S. Elections [].

The transcript of a prank phone call between Quebec comedy duo “The Masked Avengers” and Alaska governor and Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin:
Sarah Palin: This is Sarah.
Masked Avengers: Ah, yeah, Gov. Palin.
Palin: Hello.
Avengers: Just hold on for President Sarkozy, one moment.
P: Oh, it's not him yet, they're saying. I always do that.
A: Yes, hello, Gov. Palin.
P: Hello, this is Sarah, how are you?
A: Fine, and you? This is Nicolas Sarkozy speaking, how are you?
P: Oh, it's so good to hear you. Thank you for calling us.
A: Oh, it's a pleasure.
P: Thank you sir, we have such great respect for you, John McCain and I. We love you and thank you for taking a few minutes to talk to me.
A: I follow your campaigns closely with my special American adviser Johnny Hallyday, you know?
P: Yes, good.
A: Excellent. Are you confident?
P: Very confident and we're thankful that polls are showing that the race is tightening and...
A: Well I know very well that the campaign can be exhausting. How do you feel right now, my dear?
P: I feel so good. I feel like we're in a marathon and at the very end of the marathon you get your second wind and you plough to the finish.
A: You see, I got elected in France because I'm real and you seem to be someone who's real, as well.
P: Yes, yeah. Nico, we so appreciate this opportunity.
A: You know I see you as a president one day, too.
P: Maybe in eight years.
A: Well, I hope for you. You know, we have a lot in common because personally one of my favourite activities is to hunt, too.
P: Oh, very good. We should go hunting together.
A: Exactly, we could try go hunting by helicopter like you did. I never did that. Like we say in French, on pourrait tuer des bebe phoque s, aussi.
P: Well, I think we could have a lot of fun together while we're getting work done. We can kill two birds with one stone that way.
A: I just love killing those animals. Mmm, mmm, take away life, that is so fun. I'd really love to go, so long as we don't bring along Vice-President Cheney.
P: No, I'll be a careful shot, yes.
A: Yes, you know we have a lot in common also, because except from my house I can see Belgium. That's kind of less interesting than you.
P: Well, see, we're right next door to different countries that we all need to be working with, yes.
A: Some people said in the last days and I thought that was mean that you weren't experienced enough in foreign relations and you know that's completely false. That's the thing that I said to my great friend, the prime minister of Canada Stef Carse.
P: Well, he's doing fine, too, and yeah, when you come into a position underestimated it gives you an opportunity to prove the pundits and the critics wrong. You work that much harder.
A: I was wondering because you are so next to him, one of my good friends, the prime minister of Quebec, Mr. Richard Z. Sirois, have you met him recently? Did he come to one of your rallies?
P: I haven't seen him at one of the rallies but it's been great working with the Canadian officials. I know as governor we have a great co-operative effort there as we work on all of our resource-development projects. You know, I look forward to working with you and getting to meet you personally and your beautiful wife. Oh my goodness, you've added a lot of energy to your country with that beautiful family of yours.
A: Thank you very much. You know my wife Carla would love to meet you, even though you know she was a bit jealous that I was supposed to speak to you today.
P: Well, give her a big hug for me.
A: You know my wife is a popular singer and a former top model and she's so hot in bed. She even wrote a song for you.
P: Oh my goodness, I didn't know that.
A: Yes, in French it's called de rouge à lèvres sur un cochon, or if you prefer in English, Joe the's his life, Joe the Plumber.
P: Maybe she understands some of the unfair criticism but I bet you she is such a hard worker, too, and she realizes you just plough through that criticism.
A: I just want to be sure. That phenomenon Joe the Plumber. That's not your husband, right?
P: That's not my husband but he's a normal American who just works hard and doesn't want government to take his money.
A: Yes, yes, I understand we have the equivalent of Joe the Plumber in France. It's called Marcel, the guy with bread under his armpit.
P: Right, that's what it's all about, the middle class and government needing to work for them. You're a very good example for us here.
A: I see a bit about NBC, even Fox News wasn't an ally as much as usual.
P: Yeah, that's what we're up against.
A: Gov. Palin, I love the documentary they made on your life. You know Hustler's Nailin' Paylin?
P: Ohh, good, thank you, yes.
A: That was really edgy.
P: Well, good.
A: I really loved you and I must say something also, governor, you've been pranked by the Masked Avengers. We are two comedians from Montreal.
P: Ohhh, have we been pranked? And what radio station is this?
A: CKOI in Montreal.
P: In Montreal? Tell me the radio station call letters.
A: CK...hello?

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