Bristol Palin responds to Margaret Cho with gay joke
The "Dancing With the Stars" finalist fired back at fellow contestant Margaret Cho, who had blogged Monday, Nov. 29 that Sarah Palin blames Bristol "harshly and openly" for losing her the election two years ago, and that to make up for it, forced her daughter to perform on "DWTS" to get America behind the Palin family again.
In general, Cho's blog post is incredibly kind and complimentary. She praises Bristol as a person and her progress as a dancer. Why Cho feels the need to point out what she felt was going on behind the scenes is our best guess. Why bother?
"But keep in mind there are other forces at work here and it's not just for the love of dance," writes Cho. "Now I am scared I am going to wake up with a decapitated moose head in my bed."
Once Cho put that out there, Bristol naturally had to respond. In a Facebook post Saturday (Dec. 4), the young mother says that she values her time on "DWTS" and calls Cho her friend. She's not too happy about the Sarah Palin allegations though, and is pretty clear on that.
"I will give my friend credit for creativity, and extra points for getting so many 'facts' wrong in so few sentences," says the post. "Let me be blunt: my mom did not 'force' me to go on DWTS. She did not ask me either. The show approached me. I thought about it. I made the decision ... 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."
All pretty standard and expected right? Near the end, however, Bristol makes a statement that many are reading as homophobic or at least making fun of gay people:
"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."
Hmm, is this statement a joke at the expense of gay people? Or is this Bristol's clumsy way of being breezy like Cho was with the whole moose head bit? What exactly does she mean by "individuals like you"?