For those who haven't paid much attention to Victoria Jackson's post-Saturday Night Live career, her new World Net Daily column blasting Glee for making a "mockery of Christians" with a recent gay kiss scene might seem like an alarming deviation from the usual post-SNL career path (read: small parts in lousy movies). A look back at Jackson's career, however, shows this was hardly the first curious episode from the squeaky-voiced comedienne.
Jackson joins the cast of Saturday Night Live. Despite failing to establish a recurring character more memorable than the lady who owns Toonces the Driving Cat, Jackson remained on the show for six seasons. Even then, Jackson's bubbly facade hid a kooky streak. In Live From New York, their 2002 oral history of the show, authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales describe a weeping Jackson standing on a chair and calling female castmates Nora Dunn and Jan Hooks "a bitch" and "the devil" during an argument over screentime.
The most memorable moment of Jackson's tenure took place behind-the-scenes, when Dunn and original musical guest Sinead O'Connor boycotted a May episode scheduled to be hosted by Andrew Dice Clay, citing the misogynistic content of the comedian's act. Jackson and Jan Hooks performed as scheduled and Dunn was fired at the end of the season.
Jackson leaves SNL. Her six-year run was longer than that of Chevy Chase, Martin Short, and Harry Shearer--combined. In her defense, she did appear in the immortal It's a Wonderful Life alternate ending sketch.
Jackson, by her own admission, finally learns how to vote. In a later Big Hollywood column, Jackson would cite the experience of having "voted Clinton out" as a formative experience, despite the fact Bill Clinton was not on the ballot in 2000. Following George W. Bush's victory, Jackson admits she "forgot about politics" for eight years.
After eight years of "excellent leadership of Bush, Cheney, our fantastic military, and superb FBI and CIA," Barack Obama is elected president. Jackson's interest in politics is reawakened by the thought of "sneaky subversives who are intent on destroying capitalism, freedom and the American Way" controlling Congress and the White House.
In a single Big Hollywood column, Jackson announces she will "quit politics," blasts Barack Obama for his "icky politics" and efforts to establish a One World Government, makes fun of Mad Men, and hints at a run for public office. Jackson continues to register her growing frustration with the Obama administration on Fox News, at Tea Party rallies, and YouTube videos of her playing the ukulele.
During an appearance on Fox and Friends, Jackson calls Barack Obama a communist, echoing a comment she made on The O'Reilly Factor before the 2008 election. She finally manages to leverage her celebrity status during a week long Tea Party bus tour, touching the jacket of Sarah Palin, whom she once described as a "perfect feminist:"
At a CPAC panel on conservatives in Hollywood, Jackson declares that Hollywood liberals don't just hate Republicans, they "hate God," too. The performance prompted was apparently good enough to prompt blogosphere speculation that Jackson "may very well be the Tea Party's answer to Sen. Al Franken."
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