Sarah Palin Rapped in a Pink Bear Costume on 'The Masked Singer,' and You Probably Missed It

The year 2020 has been confusing on many fronts, but the latest pop culture moment is something of a fever dream. Wednesday night offered reality TV fans an unprecedented opportunity to see former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin rap "Baby Got Back" while wearing a pink bear suit, all thanks to The Masked Singer.

Palin was a secret celebrity contestant on the show, and got to debut her average vocal capabilities on the series. She was eliminated first from the show's Group C, which allowed her to reveal her identity.

The Masked Singer is a reality TV singing competition on which celebrities disguise themselves in creative costumes. Each week, a handful of the masked singers belt out their favorite tunes and give a few clues to their identity. Judges and Twitter users, in public conversations, try to guess which celebrity is under each mask. Only when a star is eliminated is their true identity revealed.

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Sarah Palin was unmasked on "The Masked Singer" Wednesday night. Michael Becker/Fox

While Palin first performed the song in full costume, after her unmasking, she reprised the rap track with host Nick Cannon. The two were met with audience approval, and even a comment from judge Nicole Scherzinger who asked, "What is our show?"

Twitter users seemed confused and concerned for Palin's appearance on the show.

Sarah Palin being on The Masked Singer stresses me out more than the coronavirus

— Brett S. Vergara (@BrettSVergara) March 12, 2020

Beloved Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson announcing they’ve tested positive for COVID-19 at the same time Sarah Palin revealed herself on The Masked Singer at the same time a reality show president sniffed through a historical speech is the moment that may finally break me

— Slade (@Slade) March 12, 2020

Many have observed how reality TV has come to incorporate prominent political figures. They may have a point. Shows like Celebrity Big Brother have brought White House faces like Anthony Scaramucci and Omarosa into the entertainment business.

Others have used global panic over coronavirus, and some claims that the virus could signal a Nostradamus-like end of times, as a jumping off point for jokes about Palin on the show. Even BuzzFeed posted an article with a headline implying Palin's performance signaled that 2020 is the start of a "dystopian nightmare."

We've already seen Sarah Palin rapping in a fursuit, an asteroid will scrape by Earth in April, all NBA games for the season cancelled, the universe can't POSSIBLY get any weirder right?


— cadeýrn, simp for Kyle Kulinski #IBelieveTara (@CadeDoesSchist) March 12, 2020

I thought it was supposed to start with an earthquake, birds and snakes and airplanes, not Sarah Palin rapping in a bear suit. R.E.M. lied to us.

— Josh Jackson (@joshjackson) March 12, 2020

It’s the beginning of the end. Ladies & gentlemen, I give you the former candidate for Vice President for the Republican Party, Sarah Palin 👇🏽

— Midwin Charles (@MidwinCharles) March 12, 2020

Sarah Palin rapping dressed like a giant puff of tie-dyed cotton candy.

This is not a drill.
You are not hallucinating.
This is not the way Nostradamus predicted it was gonna end.#EndTimes

— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) March 12, 2020

Palin served as John McCain's running mate in 2008 presidential election. Until 2015, she was a contributor to Fox News in political commentary. Palin is a published author who also briefly hosted a reality show that took viewers inside her life in Alaska.

This article was updated to reflect that Palin's role at Fox News ended in 2015.