Margaret Cho defends Bristol, says Sarah Palin forced her to compete

It wasn’t Bristol Palin’s choice to compete on Dancing with the Stars, according to one of her self-proclaimed friends, Margaret Cho, who also competed on the 11th season. Instead, Sarah Palin forced her daughter to do the show because she blamed Bristol for her loss in the 2008 presidential election.

Margaret Cho wrote on her blog that while she doesn’t agree with the Palins’ politics, “I consider [Bristol] a friend” and “I really like Bristol as a person. She’s warm and incredibly supportive, and I think that she looks beautiful out on the dance floor. It’s heartbreaking that people are so awful to her about her weight. I think she looks fantastic, and why does everybody think they have a right to comment on our bodies?”

But Margaret also sort of throws her friend under the bus, saying that she “heard from someone who really should know (really should seriously know the dirt really really) that the only reason Bristol was on the show was because Sarah Palin forced her to do it.”

Why would this happen? Margaret says “Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly (in the circles that I heard it from) for not winning the election, and so she told Bristol she ‘owed’ it to her to do DWTS so that ‘America would fall in love with her again’ and make it possible for Sarah Palin to run in 2012 with America behind her all the way. 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.”

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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.