Good for You, Bristol Palin!

I'm rooting for the young mom as she makes her way in the world-and onto the DWTS stage.
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Good for You, Bristol Palin!

I’m rooting for the young mom as she makes her way in the world—and onto the DWTS stage.

-April Daniels Hussar

Bristol Palin

Lord knows when it comes to politics I’m no fan of the Sarah Palin clan, but darn if they don’t keep earning my begrudging admiration in some way or another. I admit to having spent more than a few minutes in the past year or so snickering over the ever-juicy developments of the Bristol Palin / Levi Johnston made-for-reality-TV soap opera (Playgirl? An “acting debut” advocating teen abstinence? Who could make this stuff up?!)… but I’m cheering now for Bristol and her new gig on Dancing With The Stars.

“I’m not the first mom to participate on Dancing with the Stars … and like those who came before me, I want to set a good example for all of the amazing moms out there,” Bristol told RadarOnline.com. “Yes, we can balance work and family, and we can also take on a new and exciting challenge.”

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Yes, we can! I was appalled by the criticism Kate Gosselin received for appearing on the show, and I’m sure Bristol is going to hear some of the same. And don’t even get me started on the notion that she’s somehow glamorizing teen pregnancy. What’s she supposed to do – stay home wearing a hair shirt and bare feet, bemoaning the ruination of her young life? No. She’s supposed to be doing exactly what she’s doing – making the most of what is a blessing in the end, and making the most of all the opportunities that she gets.


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0 thoughts on “Good for You, Bristol Palin!

  1. MaryMack says:

    I agree, go Bristol! I’m glad to see that you (April) have an open mind and aren’t ragging on Bristol just because of her last name but rather looking at her for who SHE is.

  2. weetziebat says:

    I still don’t like her, but you made me think about her in a different way.

  3. deborah says:

    Go Bristol go!

  4. Dee0505 says:

    Seriously? This is the example I am supposed to point out to my 8 year old daughter … a girl that wasn’t smart enough to figure out how to take a little white pill everyday and is now making a living as a teen mom celebutante? No thanks!

  5. MorningDiva96 says:

    “A young woman who became a mom by accident?????” Are you kidding me, she had unprotected sex and got pregnant?! So, that affords her a slot on Dancing With The Stars? Maybe MTV’s next installment of 16 & Pregnant should get the girls to dance…on a pole. Seriously, we are applauding this girl’s endeavors as a mother?

  6. kitty says:

    How else would you describe her getting pregnant if not “by accident”? It was obviously a foolish, unplanned mistake — ie: an accident. But that doesn’t make her a bad mother now!

  7. kliis says:

    I agree with @weetziebat! I still don’t like her.
    The reason: Bristol still is a teen mom and was irresponsible any way you put it. She even let down her mom by getting lots of negative feedback from voters. She tries to attract attention, fame and pity by going on shows and talking about how glorious being a “mom” is. Please, she probably would’ve put her kid for adoption if it weren’t for her mom’s past election state.
    I don’t think she’s a bad mother, but she’s still a teen and we SHOULDN’T be congratulating a kid who had a BABY AT A YOUNG AGE! Jeez.

  8. BettyReader says:

    Bristol has had a lot to deal with lately. Her choices in life have not always been wise. Bless that beautiful little baby and his Mom Bristol. I think she is trying to make money the easiest way she can right now. I would like to see her in school and working toward a degree and the next news we hear about her being she is happy and settled on her chosen path.

  9. voncat says:

    Bristol was on Leno last night, and she said that she got the invitation to appear on DWTS pretty much out of the blue. I think it takes a lot of guts for her to give it a try when she knows it will subject her to more criticism from the public.

  10. warrenl737 says:

    I wish her the best, it’s not an easy life having a child that young, but at least she has family support and isn’t struggling to survive. She made a mistake by being irresponsible but now she’s trying to make the best life she can – I won’t criticize her for that.

  11. abdoggett says:

    I also wish her the best! We all make mistakes and she is no different.

  12. cheralyn says:

    She made a mistake but she’s trying to get on with her life. Good Luck to her.

  13. MizLiz says:

    I’m still on the fence. Overall, what has Bristol’s situation taught our teens?
    1. Glamorization of a teen mom?
    2. Lessons? i.e. a.Stop b. Think c. Be prepared

  14. FaVeCalGirl says:

    I’m not cheering for her at all but I’m not hating on her either. Being a teen mom myself and having overcome all the obstacles it can be done. Being in the spotlight can’t make it easier.

  15. lauralu91 says:

    Uhh I’m tired of this chick! Teenagers get pregnant all the time and I don’t see them on Dancing with the Stars.

  16. buttercup says:

    way to go Bristol

  17. nmquinn says:

    All of these kids of politicians/celebrities, etc really take the hits for having famous folks. Poor Chelsea Clinton had to hear that she “was ugly”, Bristol “loose”, etc. i feel bad for the children of these people.

  18. smeiden says:

    I think this article was well written and well thought out. Thank you for putting another perspective out there and not just jumping on the “bash wagon”.

  19. silitalia says:

    At least she isn’t posing nude for
    Playboy!

  20. bdennis says:

    Probably Bristol is facing a monetary crisis like most single mothers and this is capitalizing on money opportunities available for her. I wish her the best, but hope that she is not planning on a celebrity life.

  21. marsmit says:

    Wishing Bristol luck on her new
    adventure….at least she’s trying.

    Thank you.

  22. littlequeenie29 says:

    I am not a fan of the Palin’s at all. I do wish her the best though. So are she and the dork stll together or didn’t they break up again? I admire her for her gumption though.

  23. TallBoots says:

    Bristol Palin never had a chance. Her mother shoots wolves from helicopters! That’s not normal! She can’t be blamed for her idiocy. So she can go ahead and dance with the stars- it doesn’t bother me. I’m still rooting for The Hoff to win.

  24. stylecheckup says:

    I can only imagine how hard it must be to be in Bristol Palin’s shoes. It’s one thing to go through a teen pregnancy with the scorn of your local community. It’s quite another to endure National scrutiny. I hope she can move on and focus on what’s in important; being a good mother and living her life.

  25. gina9359 says:

    you go girl and do what it takes.

  26. pinkblush says:

    I hope she does well on DWTS! I’m definitely rooting for her!

  27. pinkblush says:

    I hope she does well on DWTS! I am definitely rooting for her!

  28. jaclynfett says:

    I wish her the best.

  29. skalobster11 says:

    I think she’s pretty and doing very well in her circumstances.

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