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Is the Sarah Palin Effigy a Hate Crime?

Does seasonality determine intent? Here's what I mean. Earlier this fall, a likeness of Obama was hung from a tree at a college in Oregon. Now, a similar display of Sarah Palin in West Hollywood has been determined by the Secret Service to not be a threat. The display is apparently part of a Halloween decorative scene and shows the vice presidential candidate dangling by her neck from the rafters. The display also shows John McCain surrounded by flames coming out of the house's chimney.

The FBI in LA agrees saying, "It's clearly distasteful, but it doesn't appear to be a violation of federal civil rights statutes. Currently, we do not have an investigation open." The local sheriff's department says that it doesn't rise to the level of a hate crime saying, "I'm not defending this; I'm not criticizing it. It doesn't rise to the level of hate crime. Now, if there was a crime against bad taste . . . " The mayor of West Hollywood on the other hand wants it taken down right away. He says, "While these residents have the legal right to display Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin in effigy, I strongly oppose political speech that references violence — real or perceived."


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popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
"Four Father's"ROFL
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 7 years
"Four Father's" ROFL
kh61582 kh61582 7 years
This is disgusting and shows an irrational hatred however I think there is no crime unless someone is hurt and mannequins are not able to feel pain so I figure no one got physically hurt. I am a McCain/Palin supporter so of course I find this absolutely wrong but it's free speech. Not exactly the kind our Four Father's had in mind I'm sure but what can we do?
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
thats not a hate crime at all, but i think it should be illegal, whoever the polititian is. Its just too disturbing for children, & even for some adults!
Briandiesel Briandiesel 7 years
Seems like the same thing that they did to Obama. Why is this treated differently?
jackiehenry jackiehenry 7 years
I am a HUGE Obama supporter, but that was wrong. I was wrong when it happend to Obama and it's wrong regarding Palin as well.
quivondra quivondra 7 years
This looks like it's somewhat for halloween... a holiday in which small children come to your door. I'm all for spooky decor, but this is highly tasteless and confusing to small children. Nice job using this as an opportunity to make this holiday into your personal political agenda. PS I'm not for Palin, I would feel this way regardless of the candidate
alynn28 alynn28 7 years
"I often feel like you're overly biased for the Republicans..." Venus, Really?? i would say they are pretty Biased, which is the way the media SHOULD be and what i like about popsugar.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Venus for real? I dont want to see anymore hanging anyones. Does it have to be Tit for Tat on here? always?
venuscat venuscat 7 years
It's wrong for sure. I'm in no way in favor of violence. But citizensugar, can you please put the same kind of "headline"ish detail to the other effigy for Obama. I often feel like you're overly biased for the Republicans. http://www.citizensugar.com/2079252 This blurb has hardly the same effect as all the pictures of Palin all over this story!
alynn28 alynn28 7 years
You stay classy West Hollywood...
sunny1intucson sunny1intucson 7 years
Look, I am NO FAN of Sarah Palin. Honestly, something that promotes violence against another person is wrong. This should be taken down. Whether or not it rises to the level of a "hate crime," is really difficult to say. I suppose the law is that the hate has to be directed at a protected quality of the person (race, orientation, gender, etc.) but really it's splitting hairs and open to interpretation (he could say - I just don't like Palin - but really he could hate women in power). So I think they should make him take it down. Maybe not the FBI, but the neighborhood association or someone!!
jenintx jenintx 7 years
crime, no. poor taste, sure. hate crime, no way. palin wasn't targeted b/c she's a woman but more likely b/c the person doesn't agree with her politics. while i believe some people are targeted solely b/c of their race, gender or sexuality (the definition of a hate crime), i think the term 'hate crime' is overused. very few people commit crimes against someone they like.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
Well they took it down, people were driving past their home with a dummy hanging from the windows with the homeowners name on it....but thats what you get when you think you are being clever. Its not a hate crime in my opinion. Its a hypocritical crime knowing who these guys are.
piper23 piper23 7 years
I would so love to have that coat and wig for a Palin Halloween costume. The noose wouldn't really go with the outfit though.
yesteryear yesteryear 7 years
It's reprehensible, lame, and totally done for shock value... but as to the legal ramifications, i think i'll defer to Sarah Palin herself on this one. according to her there is no such thing as a hate crime: Sarah Palin on Crime No special hate-crime laws; all heinous crime is hate-based. (Jul 2006) http://www.ontheissues.org/Sarah_Palin.htm#Crime
Nyrina-Windu Nyrina-Windu 7 years
In a way it's a hate crime and tacky. I also think that this guy just wanted his 15 minutes of fame, and so he took it.
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 7 years
The guy who did it hates Palin so it's a hate crime. It disgusting.
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 7 years
Its a hate crime if it was done because she was female, or if it was because he was black. The problem is the unique racial climate in America greatly clouds the issue of the "lynching/effigy" image, like it or not, in a way that doesn't apply to Mrs. Palin. That does not mean its okay to do it because it is NOT specifically a hate crime - its still OUT OF LINE, whether its of her, or him - the connotations are just marginally different. On the most basic level, that is the "technical" truth of it, but definitely I think effigies of EITHER candidate are HIGHLY inappropriate, and should be taken down immediately. It just encourages a level of thinking that benefits nobody, nobody, nobody! If election times continue to get so heated, I do wonder if someday hate crimes will extend to include political beliefs in a manner similar to how religious ones fall under jurisdiction now. I hope we never have a need for that. But this certainly has been an interesting election time and emotions are running high.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Oh I know. It's going to interesting this year again in the Castro. I wonder if people will try to resume the party. I wish they'd bring back the Civic Center Plaza Party since they won't allow the Castro Halloween Bash. There is no central place here in SF to see the amazing costumes.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I'll take that as a complement wackdoodle, lol. I used to live in Hollywood and I came out in the West Hollywood scene when I was 19. I live in San Francisco now on Twin Peaks above the Castro. It is a cold mother tonight.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Hypnoticmix - in my world you and I are equal in every way. :-) And if you go to the WEHO Halloween festivities PLEASE take a camera with you and photograph and post the pictures of all the revelers who are dressed as Mrs. Palin. I predict there will be many just as there will be here in SF.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Oh the mannequin is neither a person, property, or society which is why the FBI said deal with it yourself there's nothing we can do. Now if the people protesting in front of the house were to attack the homeowners (two gay men I believe) then we maybe looking at a Hate Crime.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Sorry for the errors and long windedness - I just realized I'm in the midst of a very bad migraine attack. No head pain yet just the hyperactivity, vertigo and nausea.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 7 years
Political affiliation is not federal protected as a hate crime. I was reading the ProjectVoteSmart.org and look at the Political Courage Tests for the political officials who responded and Political Affiliation is not part of any Federal hate crimes law. The CA Libertarian candidates wanted to make it part of the law but then again they also were across the in favor of completely dismantling the Department of Education and eliminate all taxes and public services provided by the government. ;-) And stating that women should find this to be a hate crime because it depicts women is well the mildest term I can think of is lame. All women should think for themselves and use their own judgment and not be bias in favor or against their gender. If the display offends your sense of humanity then it should offend that sense regards of what type of human is displayed. I personally do not automatic err in favor of women because I'm a woman or for blacks because I am black or for Duranies because I am a Duranie. The display should be equally offensive to people who say it offensive regardless of whom it is meant to represent. So if it were a Mitt Romney or Joe Lieberman or just a plain old genderless mannequin effigy - you should also consider that a hate crime against the genderless, men, or based on religion if you want to delve further. But again there are standards or circumstances that must be met to be considered a hate crime based on religion. It is the bias that motivate offender's intentions and actions that determines if something is a hate crime not necessary who the crime is carried out against. From the FBI website, "Those who developed the guidelines for hate crime data collection recognized that hate crimes are not separate, distinct crimes; instead, they are traditional offenses motivated by the offender’s bias." Example in my hometown we have a gang that attacked a elderly men because they thought the man was Mexican. The man was not of Mexican but Anglo-Saxon descent. The gang is called called the Pierpont Rats and they are made up of white teenage to early 20s boys from affluent white families in Ventura. The most interesting part was though the crime they committed was white on white crime - they gangs members who attack the man were charged and found guilty of committing a Hate Crime because their intention was to attack a Mexican male because of their bias against Mexican males. So... Not every arson of a church is consider a hate crime, the intent or beliefs of the offender are used to make the case. If it is only the gender that makes you believe that its a hate crime than I would never want you on a jury of anyone's peers. Based on such a statement you would always skew your vote toward whomever you feel is most like you and against whomever is not like you - it vote would not be based on evidence but on a sympathy for the like party. The only definition that would apply equal to all of us is the Federal law regarding hate crimes and it defines as such (this is from the FBI's website: "A hate crime, also known as a bias crime, is a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin." Note, Political Affiliation is not listed because it is something that is a personal choice and can be easily changed by a victim and can change through out a person's lifetime. Race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation are considered to be things that people cannot change or in the case of religion can be changed at a person's free will without fear of discrimination. People don't fear changing political parties because they think they'll be attacked. Participation in the US political system is completely voluntary and withholding your political affiliation or not expressing what your political affiliation is will not infringe on your inalienable or Civil Rights.
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