So, to recap: among those surprised by the announcement that LL Cool J would be among the inaugural guests on Sarah Palin’s new Fox News talk show, Real American Stories, was LL Cool J himself, who proceeded to tweet angrily that the interview Fox was using to promote Palin’s show dated back to 2008. Then he got himself–or his 2008 avatar, anyway–pulled off the program, eliciting a saucy Fox News retort: “As it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career.” Yikes! Don’t talk about CSI: LA like that, guys. Anyway, now Toby Keith, a registered Democrat whose likeness was also used to promote the show, has come forward to say he would also like to be wished luck in his fledgling acting career, or at least have the fact that he’s never met Sarah Palin in his life acknowledged.
According to Hitflix:
Keith, who says he’s a registered Democrat, was not told about the usage of a past interview for Palin’s program. “We were never contacted by Fox,” his rep tells Hitfix.”I have no idea what interview it’s taken from. They’re promoting this like it’s a brand new interview. He never sat down with Sarah Palin.”
That’s because no one did–Palin, it’s now come to light, conducted absolutely none of the interviews being used in her new show, which makes sense, given her well-known aversion to actually working for a living. Instead, she had conversations “before a live studio audience with people with stories of inspiration, such as a girl who risked her life to save a stranger,” then asked/allowed her producers to splice in footage of any old famous person talking they could find, political affiliation/temporal relevance completely aside. Inspiration and real American stories have no expiration date! Permission or even basic friendly consultation with enormously famous guests about the use of their likeness or words is irrelevant and anti-Freedom!
So yeah, if you happen to have any clips of yourself talking about pretty much anything on the Internet or on television, look out. You might be a guest on Real American Stories right now.