Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp premieres on Tuesday, June 19 on Lifetime and follows Palin, raising her 3-year-old son, Tripp, as a single mother living in Los Angeles. With all the public scrutiny, does the show have any chance of success?
Palin became a household name in 2008 when her mother, Sarah Palin, was picked as running mate for GOP presidential nominee John McCain, and it was announced that the single 17-year-old was pregnant. For some reason, hatred towards her mother reflected onto Palin, and she became the victim of intense public and media scrutiny.
It didn’t help that her child’s father, Levi Johnston, did everything under the sun for publicity, including posing nude and trashing the entire Palin family, all while neglecting to pay child support and rarely visiting son Tripp. Johnston is now expecting a second child with his current girlfriend.
Palin told Huffington Post, “…so much in my life is gonna be shown on this show, I think I would reconsider it and think about it more.” Judging by the comments in the article, it’s understandable. Both Palin and Lifetime are facing a lawsuit from a man in a bar (see below) who was filmed by a cellphone (and Palin’s show crew) verbally attacking Palin’s mother and being confronted by Bristol, asking him if he was gay. According to the man, Stephen Hanks, Palin “questioning his sexuality” defamed him and caused him damages. Apparently starting the entire ordeal by calling her mother a whore and calling Palin “white trash” isn’t defamation. Whether or not you like the girl, no woman, no person, should ever be treated like this:
Palin is used to being attacked. Recently, political pundit Michelle Malkin posted a blog, titled “Time For A Bristol Palin Hatefest On Twitter,” on her site, Twitchy Entertainment. She said about Palin, “She’s making the rounds doing promotional interviews, and ads have started running on the cable channel. The publicity caused a hurricane of hate tweets to trend tonight:” followed by tweets that had trended that evening. The posts are so vile and vulgar they cannot be published here.
Palin had posted her own blog, “Hate in the Name of Love, Bullying in the Name of Tolerance,” which highlights some of the 3,000 responses she received after posting a blog about President Obama changing his stance on gay marriage. Again, the comments were so shocking, it’s hard to believe they are directed at a 21-year-old mom because she doesn’t support gay marriage. Just as her blog title suggests, they are vicious attacks and acts of bullying by people who are preaching: tolerance, the rights of others to have their own views/lifestyles, “NOH8,” etc. What about Palin’s right to disagree with gay marriage (she is not anti-gay)?
Palin expects the attacks to continue but says she can handle it. “I think I have tough skin, and I know that God is on my side and my faith is everything to me. It’s just the root of my life and my family’s life, and I think it will do well.” Thankfully, she has left L.A. and moved back home to Alaska where she can have a somewhat normal life. Hopefully, her son can grow up without hearing or reading the abnormal, strange comments about his mom.
Check out the Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp website here.
Â© Margie Wilson-Mars 2012