Political humor or hate crime: West Hollywood debates Palin decoration
A West Hollywood Halloween display showing a likeness of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin hanging by a noose has caused a furor among some residents who reported it as a hate crime, authorities said today.
But Los Angeles sheriff's officials said the mannequin sporting a beehive hairdo , glasses and a red coat and hanging by the neck, does not rise to the level of a hate crime because it was a part of a Halloween display.
Chad-Michael Morisette, who lives in the house, told a local TV news crew that cars and buses have been stopping near his home and that people have been snapping photos of the Halloween display.
The home's decorations also feature a doll of John McCain surrounded by "flames" in the chimney, and other more typical Halloween items, such as skeletons and spider webs.