An infuriating ad

I’m sorry, but why is a girl who had a kid out of wedlock telling other girls not to have a kid out of wedlock?

I can appreciate the message, and certainly it’s not ideal to have a baby as a teenager. But how can Bristol Palin look into a camera and say, more or less: “I’m rich, and my mom is famous. So I could have a kid. But you’re poor and your mom isn’t famous—so don’t have sex. It’s bad.”

Were politics not involved here, Bristol Palin is just another teen mother being anonymously supported by her embarrassed-yet-wealthy folks. Instead, we’re hearing from her, not the girls who need to be speaking—those who had babys and were actually poor and struggling and hurting and overwhelmed.

Uhg. What a joke.

PS: That all being said, I have no doubt the kid is doing this out of good intentions. I don’t mean to slam Bristol Palin, the person, because I’ve gotta think her life is awful in many ways, and she seems nice. But the way she’s being used … gross.

8 thoughts on “An infuriating ad”

  1. I couldn’t disagree more. People who have been through a situation are, often, MORE qualified than those who haven’t to address it for other people.

    It’s not unlike an alcoholic talking about the dangers of alcohol or a drug addict talking about the dangers of drugs. Here’s a girl who gets what it’s like to be an unwed mother with a word of warning to others.

    I don’t see how that’s a problem.

  2. It’s a problem because her mother feels that she and the rest of her party are the moral personification for all that is right with America.
    And she can’t even keep her daughter from getting pregnant.

    The whole party is the biggest collection of hypocrites and frauds:

    – All gay people are evil! Larry Craig has a wide stance in public restrooms.

    – Stupid illegals and their drugs! Rush Limbaugh has an oxy habit that would make Lou Reed shudder.

    – Cut and run! Cut and run! No, you see Sarah Palin quit being the governor of Alaska because it’s the right thing to do.

    – We’re the party of family values! Sure, every family goes to lesbian bondage shows with money they stole.

    – If you criticize the President of the United States you’re traitor! “You LIE,” says Joe Wilson.

    And yes, I realize that Democrats are hypocrites too. But they aren’t quite as bad as our Republican friends.

  3. Byron, the thing I missed was the mention of Bristol’s politics. Forget what side she’s on, because this isn’t politics – she’s merely speaking about an issue that I would think most people would say is a serious one (unprepared teenagers getting pregnant at an alarming rate). I don’t even see how this is a controversial issue – isn’t that why schools hand out condoms?

    So yes, she’s a Republican (I guess. She may hate her mom. I don’t know). But it’s not hypocrisy – she owns up to her own mistake in the commercial. It’s no different than any other issue where someone makes a mistake and then advocates for others to avoid it.

  4. “I’m sorry, but why is a girl who had a kid out of wedlock telling other girls not to have a kid out of wedlock?”

    It couldn’t possibly be because she’s speaking from experience.

  5. Bristol Palin’s contribution to the cause is appreciated, but Jeff is right.

    The message is lost because of the golden spoon.

    “What if I didn’t come from a famous family?”

    But you did, honey.

    “What if I didn’t have all these opportunities?”

    But you do, honey.

    See, that’s the problem…the message is lost because it’s not real.

    It’s like watching music videos on MTV. All the gangsta rap with guns and money being thrown around and women in bikinis…it’s not real. But people want to live the life.

    Bristol Palin’s experience isn’t like that of most teenage moms. The message from her isn’t real.

    That’s the problem I have with celebrities being the spokesperson for many of these causes. Their lives are so different from us normal folk.

    I’ll give you another example…and this one’s related to fighting Cancer, because that’s where I have experience.

    I watched Farrah Fawcett’s documentary. I loved Farrah growing up…I had THE poster.

    I seriously felt bad for Farrah and hoped for the best. Then I saw the documentary and was just sick.

    You know what Farrah did when she was sick from the effects of chemo? She went on a Mexican vacation.

    You know what the rest of us did? We went to work.

    See what I mean? It’s not real. Their lives are so different.

    Why would a teenager heed Bristol Palin’s warning?

    Give me the story of a real teenager facing real problems as a teenage parent.

    Again, Bristol Palin’s efforts are appreciated, but personally, I don’t see that making a difference for even one teenager.

    In fact, it could have just the opposite effect since she’s a teenage mom with money and fame and TV time.

  6. 1. People pay attention to famous people – as arguably the most famous teenage unwed mother in America, Bristol Palin is well positioned to comment.

    2. I hear you re: golden spoon, but while privelege may pay for Gerber, it doesn’t do much for regret and lost youth.

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