It’s the ultimate paradox – a celebrity agrees to appear with her entire family on a TV series, and then gripes that her life isn’t private enough.
Sarah Palin makes this complaint on the very show in which she has agreed to star: ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska,’ the eight-part series starting Sunday, Nov. 14, on TLC.
The Huffington Post has a clip from the show in which Palin crabs about a journalist – author Joe McGinniss (‘Fatal Vision,’ ‘The Selling of the President’) – who has taken up residence next door to her lakeside Alaska home in order to do “research” for a Palin biography. (Check it out below.)
“Our behavior has certainly changed this summer because of this new neighbor,” Palin says. “I think it is an intrusion, an invasion of our privacy and I don’t like it. . . . It’s just none of his flippin’ business.”
Adds husband Todd, “Our summer fun has kind of been taken away from us because of a new neighbor next door who is writing a hit piece on my wife. I mean life is about being productive but these people want to seek and destroy.”
Whether or not the Palins’ “summer fun” is curtailed remains debatable since the show itself is all about how much fun the family has in the wilds of Alaska – fishing, boating, rock-climbing, hiking on a glacier and other stuff. On the other hand, the Palins have a point: There is a difference between being accosted by journalists when out in public, and having to endure a journalist who has moved next door for the express purpose of spying on you from an upstairs balcony. In addition, it’s valid to question this author’s methods. After all, thousands upon thousands of biographies have been researched and written successfully without their authors moving in next door to their subjects.
Still, the paradox is worth pondering every time a public figure who craves the limelight then turns around and complains that his or her privacy is being violated. Sure, you can blame the violator (in this case, the journalist), but doesn’t some of the responsibility lie with the publicity-seeker? Isn’t she the one who sought the limelight and brought her entire family with her?