Television: Sarah Palin’s Alaska
November 18, 2010 | Television
I have a confession to make. I watched Sarah Palin’s Alaska on Sunday night. I couldn’t help wondering, who’s footing the bill? TLC? Sarah Palin? Alaska tourism? Because, dang! It can’t be cheap to hire fishing guides to take you salmon fishing or rock-climbing guides to fly you to the “top of the world” (Denali National Park and Preserve).
In any case, it showcases the beauty of Alaska very well.
Something bothered me, though. There was a segment with Sarah at her home with her daughter, Willow, and Willow’s friend, Andy. They walked into the kitchen, and Sarah asked Andy if he was hungry. No, I just ate, he said. Then Sarah inexplicably said that maybe Willow should cook him something for lunch. (Hello? He said he just ate.) Andy put down Willow by saying he wasn’t sure he’d want to eat that.
Did Sarah get all mama grizzly on him and defend her daughter?
She put down her daughter too. She said, yeah, you’re probably right.
Wow. She showed her own daughter absolutely no respect.
Respect? Pffft! I don’t need to respect my children!
Actually? Yeah, you do. So they know what being treated with love, dignity and respect feels like when they go out in the world and make friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, work colleagues, etc. Because if they’re raised with disdain and disrespect? That’s what they’ll know. And that’s what they’ll find.
Don’t believe me?
Here’s what happened next.
Willow went upstairs. Andy started to follow her. Sarah stepped in and told Andy he wasn’t allowed upstairs with Willow, that he’d have to wait for her downstairs. Sarah went back to work at her desk in the kitchen. Guess who snuck upstairs. Right under Sarah’s nose and for all the world to see.
That’s right. Andy showed Willow no respect, then he metaphorically thumbed his nose at her mother in her own house.
Some might say Sarah got what she deserved. Maybe. But Willow didn’t. A child deserves to be treated better than that.