After searching the web regarding Captain Janeway and the actress who played her, Kate Mulgrew, I began to wonder if she would appreciate being compared to Sarah Palin.
Personally, when I say they remind me of each other, I am giving both individuals a great compliment. There were parts of the Janeway character that bothered me and there will probably be parts of Palin that bother me... but for the most part, I find both individuals remarkable and strong.
The reason I am not sure of Mulgrew's appreciation is due to what I found out about her life and that of the basis for Kathryn Janeway (of course, who can believe what you read on-line these days). Turns out that the character Kathryn Janeway was based on the feminist author Elizabeth Janeway. That in and of it's self does not state that Mulgrew would dislike the comparison between the Janeway character and Palin but I did find that she is married to Tim Hagan who ran for Governor of Ohio on the Democrat seat. Again... this does not mean she would or would not be flattered.
I am interested now on what Kate Mulgrew's position is on the upcoming presidential election... some of what Kate Mulgrew's Biography indicates makes me believe she may favor a liberal president (due to her husband being democrat and a couple of other points... but not all democrats are liberal); on the other hand she has said the following:
"Life is sacred to me on all levels. Abortion does not compute with my philosophy."but she also said...
"Execution as punishment is barbaric and unnecessary." [When speaking of the death penalty.]And since the character Janeway is based upon a feminist writer... that would indicate Kathryn Janeway, if she were a real person, would favor Obama, right? I read a bit about Elizabeth and it wasn't completely clear what type of feminist writer she was however, she was a director of the National Organization for Women's legal and education fund. I have visited the NOW sight and I know where they stand. I guess the question is... was the organization the same when Elizabeth was a part of it as it is now?
I can see how Kathryn Janeway may be considered a feminist... but I would like to point out that there are different types of feminists. There are those who dress in pink and steal passes in order to get their 5 seconds of fame and then there are those Feminists for Life who are real people who hold the word feminist along side with feminine and they do not hate everyone who opposes them.
It doesn't matter... I am complimenting both Palin and Mulgrew's character Captain Kathryn Janeway; both of which are leaders who lead their crews home to victory.
Mulgrew is also an opponent of abortion as well as capital punishment. She received an award from Feminists for Life, a pro-life feminist group. She is quoted as saying "Execution as punishment is barbaric and unnecessary" and "Life is sacred to me on all levels. Abortion does not compute with my philosophy"
Thank you Kate for playing such a wonderful role no matter what your political affiliation and thank you Sarah for stepping up and accepting the VP nomination. May we see your smiling face and your Reagan mentality in the white house soon!
One comment came from a reader who states that Mulgrew does support Obama. I did find an Obama banner on her Facebook site but haven't found the info on her other site TotallyKate. I will look again tomorrow as it's late now and my eyes are burning. :o)
Thanks to those who provided the links. One of them definitely shows Kate declaring her favoritism towards Obama. The video is found on Kate's website and she stated on August 23, 2008 that she wasn't allowed to talk about politics and then said Obama about 6 times (Palin was announced on August 29th). The other video found on YouTube does not say anything about Obama, but it is VERY clear that she does not like the current administration (presumably President Bush in particular).
I think Kate is a fantastic person and obviously we don't agree completely on who should be president... but that's okay. If we all agreed, all the time, then we would be mindless zombies and we wouldn't want that!