I am still having trouble making out exactly what it is that Tripp said, which was then bleeped out by the producers. However I will admit that it really does not sound like he is saying "fuck," but that it could most definitely be the word "faggot."
If so, and I am not at all sure, then that is in fact MUCH worse than if he simply dropped the "F" bomb. People say "fuck" for all kinds of reasons, including simply stubbing their toe. But the word "faggot" is ONLY used to insult somebody using a gay slur, and he would have to have heard that in the home from one or both of his two caregivers, Willow and Bristol. Which of course is the kind of language that Willow has a history of using.
This show may finally do what Bristol has claimed she has wanted to do since her days as a spokesperson for Candies, show that being a mother is hard that teenagers are not prepared for the responsibility.
Despite reports that Bristol practically raised her two sisters, neither she NOR Willow show ANY parenting skill whatsoever. They do not set good boundaries, they laugh at everything inappropriate that the child says, and they threaten him with punishments it appears they never carry though with, instead of providing appropriate consequences for his actions which provide him a sense of continuity and safety.
In short, they treat Tripp like one of those Teacup Chihuahuas that rich ladies carry around in their purse everywhere they go. He is a person, and Bristol continues to treat him like a prop. Which is something I have little doubt she will live to regret after this kid hits his teens and becomes the poster child for dysfunctional parenting.
I have to admit though that it is hard to fault Bristol and Willow too much, from EVERYTHING I have ever heard their mother was constantly self absorbed and only minimally involved in their lives. And as Joe McGinniss wrote, when Todd was not home these kids essentially were left to fend for themselves.
And if ever we needed proof of those allegations I think this show is providing more and more evidence of how poorly these girls were raised with each and every episode.