|"So if I smile big, and promise not to act like a brat, THEN can I see my daddy?"|
“It’s really hard being a single mom,” Bristol tells viewers. “I think I’d be a lot more immature and carefree and careless if I didn’t have Tripp. He gives my life purpose and direction.”
It’s a nice message — but one that doesn’t quite ring true throughout the first two episodes of the show.
Everyday life with Bristol includes its fair share of manufactured drama, and through it all, Tripp seems to be a bit of an afterthought. There’s a love-tryst between Bristol and her Alaska-based best friend, Gino. There’s Bristol’s apparently life-altering move from small-town Wasilla to glitzy Los Angeles, where she will be volunteering at the charity Help the Children and living in a palatial Beverly Hills mansion with her younger sister Willow and Tripp. And there’s plenty of on-screen fighting and tears, with strangers and family members alike.
After the now famous incident in the Saddle Ranch bar, Bristol is filmed wondering WHY she ever came to California. The Washington Times wonders the same thing.
She’s not the only one: Bristol’s move to L.A. doesn’t make sense as anything other than fodder for the show.
“Being a single mom is the toughest job,” she says before leaving Wasilla. “And living in Alaska, I have all of my family there if I need them. In California, there’s none of that. There’s zero. And that’s why I need Willow to come.”
Willow quits her job in Alaska (via text, no less) to move in with her older sister in L.A., where she watches Tripp during the day while Bristol works at Help the Children. But Willow thinks she’s getting the short end of the stick by being Tripp’s baby sitter while her more famous sister gets to do what she wants — and Willow, despite her immaturity, is right.
Willow hates L.A. “Bristol’s a brat,” she complains to a friend. “I have to watch Tripp every single day. … Even when Bristol’s not working at the charity, I’m still freaking watching him. She thinks I’m like the nanny or something, and that’s not OK.”
In one scene, as Tripp is playing in a sandbox, Willow tells Bristol that she’s moving back to Alaska: “I’m not having fun, so I’m going to go home.”
Bristol accuses Willow of bailing on her and being a quitter. “I think it’s good for you to be able to live in another state, and you’ll actually be grateful for what you have.”
Later, a crying Bristol begs Willow to reconsider her decision. “I was literally your age when I got pregnant, and I never thought it would happen to me. You just don’t realize how much harder this whole experience in California is going to be without you here. … I need you here with me.”
But by the end of the second episode, hearing Bristol complain about how hard her life is has gotten tedious — and it dulls any value the show may have, outside of being the conservative version of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Well THAT explains why Bristol came back to Alaska to finish filming the show. Little "Miss Independent" simply CANNOT get by on her own without a family member around to keep her company and do her parenting for her.
It should be noted that the Washington Times is a strictly conservative newspaper, founded by the Reverend Sun Myung Moon to battle communism and offer an alternative to the media's "liberal bias." Sound familiar?
Which begs the question, "If even the most conservative media outlets find this program unfit to watch, WHO will bother to tune in?"
P.S. On a related note Levi recently posted this statement on his new Facebook page:
Yesterday I got to see Tripps face as he passed by me with the window rolled down in his mothers car waving to me:( I don't know what kind of mother rubs it in her son and his fathers face that she is purposely keeping them seperated...
Too bad Bristol is too busy pimping Tripp out as a reality TV star to allow him to have a regular life with a side of his family that actually loves him for who he is, rather than how much money he can bring in.
Update: Video of Bristol crying because her sister is leaving and Tripp has no father. Oh please!