Actress Annette Bening has become the latest celebrity to join the debate over U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin - insisting the politician "deserves our respect".
The Republican has come under fire from a host of stars, including Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Lindsay Lohan, who have all spoken publicly of their dislike for her.
But Bening is adamant that even though she disagrees with Palin's political views, the Alaskan governor doesn't deserve to be treated so harshly.
American Beauty star Bening tells Fox News, "We really want to hear her views, and I'm sure she'll do very well in the debate. She's obviously a very accomplished woman. I'm a Democrat, I'm a supporter of Barack Obama but she certainly deserves our respect."