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Palin Effigy Hangs In WeHo

In West Hollywood, an effigy of Sarah Palin is causing a controversy.
A Halloween decoration showing a mannequin dressed as vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hanging by a noose from the roof of a West Hollywood home is drawing giggles from some passers-by and gasps of outrage from others.

The mannequin is dressed in brunet wig, glasses and a red business suit. Another mannequin dressed as John McCain emerges from a flaming chimney. Chad Michael Morisette, who lives in the house, told CBS 2 News that drivers and bus passengers have been stopping to snap pictures of the macabre scene. Morisette says the effigy would be out of bounds at any other time of year, but it's within the spirit of Halloween. He says "It should be seen as art, and as within the month of October. It's Halloween, it's time to be scary, it's time to be spooky."
While I think the self-beheading McCain statue that I posted earlier today is funny and in the spirit of Halloween, hanging an effigy is another thing. We've all seen the effigies of Obama that have sprung up and while the image of a black man hanging from a noose is immeasurably more chilling in a historical context, I don't see anything very Halloween-y about this. Hanging an effigy is a defacto call for death. We should leave that bullshit to the wingnuts.

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