Bristol Palin: “my mom did not ‘force’ me to go on DWTS”; morons complain to FCC

Bristol Palin has responded to Margaret Cho’s allegations than Sarah Palin forced Bristol to be on Dancing with the Stars because her mom blamed her daughter for losing the 2008 presidential election.

First, though, The Smoking Gun has published letters from people who complained to the FCC about Bristo’s success on the show. They’re a fun read despite being written by absolute morons who will make you fear for our entire civilization’s future.

Meanwhile, writing on Facebook, Bristol calls Margaret “my friend and fellow contestant.” While I thought Margaret’s blog post all but said Bristol was her source–she wrote that she was friends with Bristol and then insisted that her source “who really should know (really should seriously know the dirt really really)”–Bristol makes it clear that’s not the case, writing “if you ever have a question, call me girlfriend. Don’t ever rely on ‘sources’ who claim to know me or my family.” She suggests Margaret made it up:

I will give my friend credit for creativity, and extra points for getting so many “facts” wrong in so few sentences. 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. After first worrying for me in terms of being exposed to those who hate us for what we believe in, both my mom and my dad became my number one supporters. Anyone who watched the show could tell I performed better, and I felt better about myself, when they were in the audience. I wanted to make them both proud, but politics had nothing to do with it. Loving my parents had everything to do with it.

Bristol also writes that “It saddens me that people would think that my mom would ‘blame’ me for anything that occurred in the 2008 election–much less ‘harshly’ and ‘openly.'”

Most regretfully, after making some compelling arguments, Bristol tries to make a pretty laughable political point by relying on weak gay stereotype. Addressing Margaret, who is bisexual, Bristol writes, “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.”

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.