The difference between Lynne Spears and Sarah Palin? Not lipstick!
Lynne Spears is aghast at the injustice of the way she and her teenage daughter, Jamie Lynn Spears, were treated compared to Sarah Palin when her teenage daughter, Bristol Palin's pregnancy was revealed.
She has a point. Two mothers. Two pregnant teenage daughters who have -- and will -- keep their babies. Two very different public outcries.
Lynn was widely vilified as a bad mother who hadn't raised Jamie Lynn with proper morals, who probably encouraged her daughter to keep her baby so she could use them as a money-making device (selling the pregnancy story and baby photos to OK!). Jamie Lynn was accused of having grown up too fast, gone Hollywood and for having sex at such a young age.
By contrast, Alaska Gov. Palin, John McCain's VP running mate, staunch advocate against abortion and for abstinence, was heralded as being a good mother for supporting her pregnant daughter and advising her to keep her baby. Few thought she'd been irresponsible for not teaching her daughter about birth control.
Bristol has received the velvet glove treatment and goes unscathed by criticism for her morals or her behavior, even when she did her command performance at the Republican National Convention with her boyfriend/baby daddy.
Lynne talks about all this in an interview in Newsweek to promote her new book about her daughters Jamie Lynn and Britney Spears, "Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World."
Here are some excerpts from the Newsweek interview with Lynne Spears:
"It's as if [Sarah Palin] became celebrated. I mean, the mother, Palin, was celebrated for this. Every woman in the world has applauded her strength and her convictions and poor little old Jamie Lynn, you saw how she was crucified -- everybody did, firsthand. I just feel like it's been a very hypocritical situation."
Keep reading for Lynne's answer to the criticism that Jamie Lynn's situation might glamorize teen pregnancy: