Teen mom Bristol Palin needs to engage her brain before she writes Facebook posts. On her Dec. 4 entry, she ends a fairly well reasoned explanation for doing Dancing With the Stars with a snide homophobic remark aimed at fellow contestant Margaret Cho.
Bristol, 20, who denied having political motives for writing the post, closes with a stridently political message and a dig at Cho’s sexuality.
“You say you ‘don’t agree with the family’s politics at all’ but I say, if you understood that commonsense conservative values supports the right of individuals like you, like all of us, to live our lives with less government interference and more independence, you would embrace us faster than KD Lang at an Indigo Girls concert,” she wrote.
KD Lang is openly lesbian, as are the Indigo Girls. The implication is that this something Cho, 42, would readily respond to.
In the end, the remark makes the post nothing more than passive-aggressive attack in defense of mother Sarah Palin, who has become one of America’s most polarizing political figures.
Cho was singled out because she wrote on her Web site that she’d heard from “someone who really should know” that Bristol was coerced into doing the show by her mother.
The reason: “Bristol ‘owed’ it to her for causing her to lose the 2008 election.
During the campaign Bristol, an unwed teen mother, became a symbol of her mother’s poor parenting and family values hypocrisy.
“Instead of being supposedly ‘handicapped’ by the presence of her teen mom daughter, now Bristol is going to be an ‘asset’ – a celebrity beloved for her dancing. I am sure the show wasn’t in on this (but who knows anything really),” Cho added.
While Cho said she did not support her family’s politics, she had kind words for Bristol personally.
“The truth is, we got along well,” she wrote. “I really like Bristol as a person. She’s warm and incredibly supportive.”
Bristol initially made clear in her piece that “notably absent” from her reasons for doing the show were “political considerations.”
“You want to talk politics, talk to my mom. You want to talk rumba, waltz and the beautiful Spanish paso doble, I’m your girl,” she wrote.
As for Cho’s claims, Bristol added: “Let me shamelessly steal from Saturday Night Live: ‘Really, Margaret? Really?’”
“Let me be blunt: my mom did not ‘force’ me to go on DWTS. She did not ask me either. The show approached me. I thought about it. I made the decision.”
“Why do I want to set the record straight? Because it is this type of hurtful and false narrative that people promote to make my mom look bad. For 20 years my mom had my back–and for the rest of my life I will have hers,” she added.
If she could have only left it there.