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Sarah Palin Says She’s “Too Prim and Proper” for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The Ice Bucket Challenge has been perhaps the most successful viral charity phenomenon of all time. It seems as if one can’t find a celebrity or social media connection that hasn’t dumped ice water over their heads in the name of ALS* research (although, for a time there, it wasn’t clear if everyone knew that donations were supposed to accompany it).

The first person I saw take the ice bucket challenge was Shepard Smith of Fox News, and since then everyone from celebrities to your neighbors have done it. Now, the latest video in the series comes from former less-than-one-term Alaskan Governor and current star of her own online network, Sarah Palin.

Palin talks about the ice bucket challenge, but says she won’t do it. “At this stage of my life, of my career, aren’t I a little to prim and proper for all that ice bucket water dump thing?” She then goes on to brag say that she is writing a check for double the required amount. She then takes a few ice cubes out of what appears to be a House Baratheon ice bucket and pour herself a nice glass of Diet Dr. Pepper.

She then challenges Hillary Clinton and John McCain (and snidely notes that the latter is the former’s “favorite Republican”). While arguably, Palin is at her most smug and infuriating in this video, she seems to have a taken a page from President George W. Bush’s book. In the last few seconds of the video, someone from off-screen unloads a bucket full of icy water on Palin, who screams and flees out of frame. Say what you will about Palin or even the ice bucket challenge, but seeing the two combined was surely satisfying.


*Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is “a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.” Click here to learn more about ALS.

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with news and current events, he writes about parenting, art, and personal stories. His serial fiction story "The Prophet Hustle" is available at JukePop.com and a forthcoming independent ebook about the cam-modeling industry "Dirty Little Windows" will be available later this summer.