In a new update of the 2002 oral history of Saturday Night Live, “Live From New York,” former Governor Sarah Palin opened up about her initial thoughts of Tina Fey’s famous impression of her during the 2008 election cycle. Fey, who was once head writer for Saturday Night Live, made headlines with her portrayal of Palin as a ditsy and incompetent running mate to Senator John McCain (R-Ariz).
“I know that they portrayed me as an idiot, and I hated that, and I wanted to come on the show and counter some of that,” Palin said, referencing her eventual appearance on the program.
Palin feels that comedienne Tina Fey profited at her expense, and jokes in the book that Fey should chip in for her kid’s braces.
“If I ran into Tina Fey again today, I would say: ‘You need to at least pay for my kids’ braces or something from all the money that you made off of pretending that you’re me! My goodness, you capitalized on that! Can’t you contribute a little bit? Jeez!” Palin said in an excerpt in the Hollywood Reporter.
While Palin admits the impact Fey’s portrayal had on her own image, she thinks it would be silly to think that the program had an impact on the election.
“I think SNL is egotistical if they believe that it was truly an effect on maybe the public debate about who should lead the country in the next four years.”