After that unfortunate week in which there were something like 4,329 Sarah Palin posts on the site, the edges of the Internet began to blur, and relationships fell apart, we’ve taken a break — or rather, the pop culture news world had taken a break from her — giving us no excuse to torture you (you knew that something would have to replace the vacancy left by the Human Centipede). But hey! If we ignored Sarah Palin, how would she ever become the huge reality star we all want her to be?
And how to best raise the profile of Palin’s reality show, Alaska? Stunt-casting the only mother in America reviled by more people than Sarah Palin: Kate Gosselin. It’s a savvy political move, actually. It’s more difficult to concentrate all your hate on Palin with Gosselin around, and from the looks of the preview, Gosselin gets the worst of it.
(That episode aired last night, and it didn’t go well for Gosselin).
And just to drag the torture out, don’t look now, but Bristol Palin (or at least, someone writing on behalf of Bristol Palin) is a hell of a lot more likable than her Mom, notwithstanding her inability to dance. A couple of weeks ago, Keith Olbermann named Bristol Palin one of the “worst people in the world” (I thought he’d retired that segment?) for that safe sex commercial, and Palin shot back eloquently (on Facebook), writing:
What Mr. Olbermann lacks in originality he makes up for with insincere incredulity. Mr. Olbermann fails to understand that in order to have credibility as a spokesperson, it sometimes takes a person who has made mistakes. I have never claimed to be perfect. If that makes me the ‘worst person in the world’ to Mr. Olbermann, then I must apologize for not being absolutely faultless like he undoubtedly must be.”
Uh … burn?
Now, this week, after Bristol’s friend (?), Margaret Cho, claimed that Sarah Palin forced Bristol to be on “Dancing with Stars” to make up for costing Palin the election, Bristol once again took to FB, writing in part:
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.” I think that canard (there, I said it again), has been floating around since then also … The point is, I seriously doubt anyone who considers herself a student of American politics truly believes I impacted even one vote in that election. Why do I want to set the record straight? For 20 years my mom had my back—and for the rest of my life I will have hers.
To my friend Margaret Cho, if you ever have a question, call me girlfriend. Don’t ever rely on “sources” who claim to know me or my family. You will be taken every time. And we need to talk. You say you “don’t agree with the family’s politics at all” but I say, 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.
P.S. If you want to baby-sit Tripp, I could use a night off.
2-0. Bristol. Maybe that’s why Bristol is becoming such a popular baby name.