|"Where's Tripp?" "Who cares, I'm sure he's fine. Just keep smiling and sell this thing."|
I have to admit, that stings. Despite being a member of the “lamestream media,” as the Palins call it, I don’t like the idea of treating Bristol unfairly. So I have a wad of Kleenex that I promise to stuff into my mouth whenever I feel like saying something cruel about this self-described “simple small-town girl” who has no use for “the image thing.”
Now, I do believe that some criticism of Life’s a Tripp is fair game, as when Bristol’s actions don’t match her oft-stated principles. For example, she spends so much time bragging about her motherly dedication to Tripp that I can’t help but notice she’s, um, raising him on a TV show that basically serves as a commercial for her brand. And for someone who’s so unconcerned with image, she sure spends a lot of time positioning herself as a down-to-earth family-values exemplar — in truth, not an easy sell for someone who’s had plastic surgery and done the bump-and-grind on Dancing with the Stars.
The scene that really had me reaching for my wad of Kleenex, though, is the one where Bristol addresses a heckler in a bar. I expected a mature approach to the situation, since Life’s a Tripp is a showcase for Bristol’s supposed maturity. Instead she asks him, out of the blue, “Is it because you’re a homosexual?”
Wow! Okay so here is yet another rather scathing review of Bristol's somewhat schizophrenic new reality show.
"I want to live normal life."
"Hey let's put everything we do on television."
"I am a grounded single mom."
"Willow! 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.”
"Being a single mom is the toughest job!"
"............" (The response Levi usually gets back when he tries to get time with his son.)
From what I can tell reading the most recent reviews of the show, apparently NO ONE is buying the Palin bullshit anymore. From Rolling Stone magazine, to the uber conservative Washington Times, it seems that nobody can quite figure out why the show is even going to make it onto the airwaves, much less suggest that wee watch it.
You know rumors have long been spinning that this program is part of deal that Sarah made with Bristol, way back in 2009 (or perhaps even earlier), to help her live her dream. Which despite what the abstinence only hypocrite claims, was clearly to be in show business.
I know that the Palin trolls will be here in a few minutes claiming that Bristol just wants to live a simple life, and is a hard worker, and "grounded," and other BS like that. But we have all seen her untalented ass on DWTS, and observed her failed attempts to get this reality show launched for over a year now, so I don't think too many people are fooled by that particular brand of Palin mythology.
Clearly, as has been claimed more than a few times, Sarah has applied serious pressure to certain entertainment folks to get this show on the air, despite an obvious lack of talent on Bristol's part, or any discernible audience awaiting its debut.
And if you don't believe that this was a payoff for Bristol to keep her mouth shut, and toe the Palin line, then perhaps you did not see where Bristol was sent to live while staying in LA.
So whose house do you think that is? Mark Burnett's perhaps?