The latest issue of the liberal magazine Mother Jones has a surprising cover woman: staunch conservative Sarah Palin. But before you go wondering if “MoJo” has flipped sides, hold all judgment until you see the cover:
The pictures is supposed to be a variation on that old-time “classic” film Attack of the 50-Foot Woman. In case you forgot about what that 1958 gem is about, IMDB jogs your memory:
When an abused wife grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after cheating husband with revenge on her mind.
Here’s the original poster:
The original trailer:
The 1993 remake (which includes a Baldwin brother):
And Mother Jones’s explanation of the cover:
It‘s not that there aren’t enough clues on the cover of the new issue of Mother Jones—the headline, for one—but since you asked: Yes, that is a full-throated homage to the B movie classic Attack of the 50-Foot Woman. If you’re like us, your knowledge of American cinema doesn’t extend to the full plot of this 1958 gem, but suffice to say that it involves a wealthy heiress, Nancy Archer, who after an encounter with an alien is found on the roof of her pool house and soon grows into a giantess. She goes searching for her no-good husband and his mistress, Honey Parker (!), and mayhem ensues. We liked the image because of the subtle historical echoes and… oh, who are we kidding: We liked it because the poster is awesome. (The echoes, though, are there: 1958 was an election year, in a recession, that dealt President Eisenhower’s party a big string of defeats and launched the Senate careers of, among others, Gene McCarthy, Robert Byrd, and Edmund Muskie.)
It’s all so clear now: Sarah Palin is an angry, larger-than-life woman. Got it.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)