“Wow,” we thought when we read Bristol Palin‘s well-reasoned, thoughtful (no jk) response on Facebook this weekend. After Margaret Cho went public with news that her new best friendie Bristol Palin was forced into Dancing With The Stars by her mother, we expected an outraged rebuttal. After all, it doesn’t even really make sense: didn’t Bristol flaunt her short dresses and Sarah Palin-mocking outfits on the first episodes?
Instead we got a lengthy argument from Bristol about family love, tolerance, and acceptance. Then she made a really weird lebsian joke at Cho’s expense. Whoops, you almost had us there Bristol!
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.
That’s a little confusing: Are you saying that Cho would embrace Lang at an Indigo concert? Or that KD Lang likes the Indigo girls? At any rate, Bristol’s ghostwriter is quite obviously older than she is: that joke may have been relevant back when Lilith Fair had it’s first tour.
Sadly, that’s probably the least offensive homophobic slur that family has put on their Facebook notes.
Willow called some guy a faggot for not liking her mom’s show. Sarah herself said that hunting “would make a man out of anyone…and PETA.” (Though that seems less like a gay slur because a lot of PETA supporters are women, and did Sarah Palin just call herself a man?)
At this point, the Palins’ stance on homosexuality seems less like an actual prejudice and more like your dotty aunt who just doesn’t understand “why the gays” keep showing up on her Bravo programs.
Which in no way excuses the ignorant use of homosexuality as a put-down for anyone who doesn’t like these ladies’ shows. As Morning Gloria on Jezebel wrote:
Quite frankly, it’s all starting to get embarrassing. I’m actually embarrassed on behalf of the Palins, those social media-misunderstanding rubes, like how I’m embarrassed for a growing segment of the population that doesn’t seem to understand that Facebook isn’t appropriate for airing most of your personal problems and expecting to get some kind of karmic satisfaction.
Quite true. Even scarier is the fact that the Palins’ reach on Facebook is so much larger than any of us could ever hope to get, and the comment section of Bristol’s recent post reads like fan mail:
This is especially not advantageous to the Palin’s when you consider that this family would actually make perfect gay icons with all their hunting and dancing. You know what they need? A sassy gay best friend to stop Bristol before she writes her next note, asking her “What, what, what are you doing?!“