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Sarah Palin Bikini-Flag Picture - Urban Legends

Sarah Palin in Flag Bikini with Rifle


Netlore Archive: Viral photo purports to show Republican vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin posing for a photo sporting an American flag bikini and a rifle.

Description: Photo hoax / Satire
Circulating since: Sep. 2008
Status: Fake (see details below)

Email contributed by Thomas H., Sep. 2, 2008:

Subject: Palin, the gift that keeps on giving....

This is the main reason McCain chose Sarah Palin to be his VP.

CAPTION: Sarah Palin bikini pic

Analysis: No, this is not a photo of the Republican Party's 2008 vice-presidential nominee, Sarah Palin. Some anonymous prankster doctored the image by pasting Governor Palin's head on top of someone else's body.

Come to find out, pictures of bikini-clad girls posing with rifles and handguns are quite a popular fetish online (who knew?). I had to sift through dozens of redundant (to my taste) images on Google before finding the original used in this Photoshop job, but it did finally turn up in the photostream of a Flickr user named Doctor Casino. The picture, of a model named Elizabeth, was taken in Georgia in 2006.

The headshot of Sarah Palin was clipped from another Flickr image (credited to J. Medkeff), flipped, and pasted over the face of the original model.

The resulting montage was obviously intended to satirize Sarah Palin's image as a "gun-toting beauty queen," as one newspaper headline characterized her in 2008. Palin was the runner-up in the 1984 Miss Alaska beauty pageant, and is a staunch advocate of gun ownership rights, not to mention a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association.

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Barack Obama's Left-Handed Flag Salute
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Sources and further reading:

Sarah Palin: The Gun-Toting Beauty Queen Aiming to Be the Vice-President
The Times, 30 August 2008

Sarah Palin Profile
About.com: U.S. Conservative Politics

Sarah Palin Jokes
About.com: Political Humor

Funny Sarah Palin Pictures
About.com: Political Humor

Last updated: 09/18/13

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