(CNN) - A top aide to John McCain said Monday she thought comedian Tina Fey's impersonation of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin on NBC's Saturday Night Live over the weekend was sexist because it portrayed the Alaska governor as lacking in substance.
The NBC comedy show's season premiere began with a "nonpartisan message" during which Fey's Palin and Amy Poehler's depiction of Hillary Clinton called for an end to sexism in the presidential race.
"The portrait was very dismissive of the substance of Sarah Palin, and so in that sense, they were defining Hillary Clinton as very substantive, and Sarah Palin as totally superficial," Fiorina told MSNBC earlier Monday. "I think that continues the line of argument that is disrespectful in the extreme, and yes, I would say, sexist in the sense that just because Sarah Palin has different views than Hillary Clinton does not mean that she lacks substance."
Watch: 'Palin' makes SNL debut
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO is among McCain's most high profile surrogates and earlier this month was the first member of the Arizona senator's campaign to suggest Democrats were launching sexist attacks at the Republican VP candidate.
"I am appalled by the Obama campaign's attempts to belittle Governor Sarah Palin’s experience,” Fiorina said then. “The facts are that Sarah Palin has made more executive decisions as a Mayor and Governor than Barack Obama has made in his life."
Fiorina, along with other high-profile female backers of McCain, held a press conference at the Republican National Convention criticizing the Obama campaign and the media for what they said were sexist comments about Palin.
"I think one of the things Hillary Clinton's run for the presidency did is attune women's ears to sexist attacks…. Many people have demeaned or belittled [Palin's] experience — and as women, we all know how frequently that happens. This is a well qualified candidate for the vice presidency," she said.
Wow – I am speechless.
BTW, I'm curious if Fiorina had anything to say when all of the sexist jokes were being said about Hillary.
Whatdya say, Lorne Michaels, is it about time to dress up Horatio Sanz as Ms. Fiorina?
lol what is goin on!
This is Comedy!!! LOL I thought is was funny.
Wow....what planet is she from?
Please explain to me what part of the SNL parody was "sexist." Earth to McCain camp, it is not the media's fault that you have nominated a person who is clearly not qualified for the VP position and proves it on a daily basis. Quit the PC crap and admit it!
I love it. Quite possibly the funniest thing I have ever seen.
The Republicans are in very serious danger of overplaying the sexism card and looking like a bunch of whiners.
sen. Obama as always ridiculed and belittled his opponents, just look at what he did to Hillary. and the lipstick remark shortly after she made reference to it, re. hockey mom and a pit bull, was calculated ,and voters except for most of his supporters believed he was referring to gov. Palin.
FIND ANOTHER EXCUSE, Fiorina!
SNL HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD!
Palin's foreign policy: 'I can see Russia from my house' just about sums it up.
Palin: "I don't know what the Bush Doctrine is" – " In what respect, Charlie???"
NO NO NO everything is fair game... republicans need to stop being such whiners and take what they dish out to everyone else!
Plus I forgot about the substance thing. Sarah Palin has substance? Who knew?
She has used the term "sexist" very loosely. I guess Palin is untouchable.
Hello? Obama doesn't have any control of SNL!!! By the way, Palin thought it was "very funny." So what is your gripe?
This is Saturday Night Live. Most of the Conservative and Republican Pundits on Sunday didn't have anything negative to say about it. I would call it an honor to have Tina Fey, portray oneself in a skit on SNL.
SNL usually says what the public feels... so, in this case, it did show that Palin has little substance.. but so far, Palin has spoken some great speeches, but when put before a real interviewer, she failed miserably to produce any substance.
Tina Fey Did a GREAT JOB!
Sarah Palin lacks substance?????????
Say it isnt so!!!
Cue the violins
Everything is sexist!! Give it a rest already, Fiorina!! SNL has the right to exercise its FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS... THOSE ARE THE PESKY RIGHTS LISTED RIGHT BEFORE THE SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS!!
And as for being dismissive towards Palin... as a nation we have that right to be that way towards a candidate running for office. As registered voters, it's our duty and obligation to WEED out those we feel are unqualified... and Palin falls into that category!! If she can't hang with the rest of the candidates and do interviews with the media... then she should be dismissed. She's just not ready!!
WAKE UP, AMERICA!! VOTE SMART... NOT SENILE!!!
TRUTH HURTS DONT IT FIORINA...I THOUGHT IT SHOWED PALIN IN FULL LIGHT, IT WAS SO FUNNY.
When the Rep get on messages! They stay on message!
The problem is, when Hillary was going though this. This lady did not say a thing about Hillary getting call out. We where told to laugh this off, it was jokes and it 's funny. Even Plain herself thought is was funny!!!
This lady needs to chill out with the sexist thing. Some very strong women I know don't behave in this manner. They don't whine, they keep going and get it done.
Not sexist at all. Realistic. She does lack substance, and ethics, and credibility, and tolerance, and knowledge of the world, and understanding of the issues, and the right to be on the ticket.
Why would anyone seriously think this person is the second best person in America to become president? and if that is the case then it is a sorry day for the world.
Because of this article I just dumped my HP stock... is that sexist?...
This is absurd.
People don't think that Palin lacks substance because she is a woman. We think that she lacks substance because she LACKS SUBSTANCE.
It's like no one is allowed to criticize this lady without being branded a sexist. This is ridiculous. If she can't take heat she better get out of the kitchen. Obama has been derided in so may ways by the right wing nuts. Some of them crossed the line in to racist commentaries and yet Obama never cried racism even when when you wanted to make it seem like he did knowing pretty well it was an innocent remark on his part. Fiorina, go find another line of attack. This one is getting kind of old.
everthing its sexist to these republican!!