WASHINGTON, January 17, 2014 – The Sportsman Channel will soon have a grizzly on the team – a mama grizzly, that is. The channel announced early last month that the former Governor of Alaska, and 2008 Republican Vice Presidential candidate will join the team in April as host of the weekly original series “Amazing America”.
Dubbed the “First Lady of the Outdoors” by Gavin Harvey, CEO of Sportsman Channel, Governor Palin will take viewers on a “coast-to-coast” journey through “Red, Wild and Blue America” showcasing “some of the most original, interesting – and sometimes inspiring – people, places, and pastimes connected to America’s outdoor lifestyle”.
Given her love for the outdoors, the passion she and her husband Todd share for hunting and fishing, and the fact that she’s spent much time traveling all over the United States in recent years, I can’t think of a better host to attract viewers to the all-American outdoor channel.
It seems Sarah is particularly hopeful the show will motivate young ladies to step outdoors. “I’m especially encouraged to have opportunities to empower young women to get outdoors, be self-sufficient, and work extremely hard so they can live life vibrantly,” Sarah told her Facebook followers earlier this week. “See, I’m convinced the world will be a better place,” she continued, “when we have more girls holding fish in pictures and fewer holding selfie cameras in front of the bathroom mirror.”
Of course, a Sarah Palin news story just wouldn’t be the same without the instant ridicule it often elicits on both sides of the aisle. Vanity Fair wasted no time jumping on the selfie comment, posting selfies of readers holding a fish. Jezebel mocked her statements and the Sportsman Channel, displaying the usual complete confusion over why Sarah Palin is such a popular figure in the first place. People magazine, not to be outdone, posted their own photoshopped selfies of celebrities Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and others hugging a fish. Gawker piled on, calling her “fish lady”, New York Magazine mocked her shoes and echoed others who mocked photos taken by someone else of Sarah fishing (perhaps they need to look up the word “selfie”), and Wonkette got their own two cents in, calling her the “cockroach of low culture” among other things not fit to repeat.
Whether or not Governor Palin would change her comments if given a do-over is anybody’s guess, but my suspicion is she’ll double down. American adults and teens alike seem more interested in spending time participating in more self-absorbed activities like posting selfies these days than working or playing in the great outdoors. The Sportsman Channel CEO, producers, and host of “Amazing America” hope you’ll tune in and watch the show – and just maybe, in doing so, you’ll be inspired – regardless of your age.
“Amazing America” premieres Thursday, April 3rd on the Sportsman Channel.
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