Sarah Palin will soon hold the rights to “Sarah Palin,” her brand name. The former Alaska governor’s trademark request is due to be approved within the next month. Once approved, her name will be trademarked for “educational and entertainment services” and “motivational speaking services in the field of politics, culture, business and values.” This move is rare for politicians, but Sarah Palin has a maverick-style history of not abiding to the political norm.
However, what does Sarah Palin think of this move? No, not Sarah Palin the former governor, but Sarah Palin the 20-year-old University of Texas at Austin student with the same name as the 2008 vice-presidential candidate. Time interviewed the young Sarah Palin, whose middle name is Beth, about her thoughts and experiences on sharing the same name as the governor.
Sarah Beth revealed to Time that for the past three years she has been overwhelmed “with jokes, insults and emails intended for her more famous namesake.” She said she had never heard of the former governor until one day in 2006 when she decided to google search her name and information about the Alaskan governor popped up.
Sarah Beth recalls the 2008 election as the time she “knew her life would never be the same.” After that, the jokes and references just kept on coming. Now her friends always refer to her by her first and last name, “Sarah Palin” rather than by just “Sarah” and she’s constantly asked if she’s going to run in 2012.
She also reveals that during the election she would get hundreds of messages – some good, some bad – and friend requests every day from people who thought she was the vice-presidential candidate. She admits that her counterpart is a very controversial figure and says some of the messages she gets “are really rude.”
Her dad, however, is a big fan of the political activist and always introduces himself as “Sarah Palin’s father.”
The more famous Palin “seems like a good and decent person and she's enthusiastic about what she does. But she doesn't always sound very smart,” says Sarah Beth, according to Time. “Some of the things she says are hysterical. I don't hate her and I don't love her. I just share the same name with her.”
She jokes, “If I ever open up a business I guess I could use my middle name. Sarah Beth Palin isn't trademarked.”