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If Only Sally Quinn Were Around to Make Fun of Sally Quinn

Sally Quinn, who wrote snarky profiles of Washingtonians about a million years ago, now writes for the Washington Post‘s On Faith column. In her latest posting, she describes the success of Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah, on the TV show Dancing with the Stars as “unholy.” Seriously. She is upset at Bristol’s longevity on the show, and suggests it is harmful to Bristol because it seems so unfair for her to do well when others, like the pop singer Brandy, get voted off:

I never remember all Ten Commandments off the top of my head, but there should be one that says, “Thou shalt not cheat while voting on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’” Polls have shown that the majority of tea party members are conservative Christians. Are these Christians who are voting 300 times and not using valid email addresses? Doesn’t it offend their sense of fairness, if not ethics and morals?

Quinn intends her column to be puckishly funny, but it actually seems very nearly insane. And puts me in mind of something she wrote a few years ago ago that inspired a blog post from me entitled “Sally Quinn: Gee, There’s This Thing Called Religion!” It was, I said, “like Augustine’s Confessions, if Augustine’s Confessions had been written by a combination of Helen Gurley Brown and Britney Spears.” This post on Dancing with the Stars is something else again: it is like Aristotle’s Aesthetics if Aristotle’s last name had been Kardashian.


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