Bristol Palin, teenage mother and daughter of ex-vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, has made her acting debut. With a few lines in the latest episode of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, Bristol walked on screen playing, who else, but herself. The show’s script called for a teenage mother and, without even a casting call, America’s most famous teenage mother stepped right into the part. Unfortunately, the part might be made for Bristol Palin but Bristol Palin isn’t made for the part. Wooden doesn’t even begin to describe it.
Weirdly, just over a year ago nobody had even heard of Bristol Palin. That’s why if a TV show like “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” was shooting and needed authenticity, no one would have thought of casting her. Then, in one fell swoop at 17 years old, she gets knocked up and her loud-mouthed, extreme right-wing, lies-spewing mother becomes the nominee for vice president of the United States. Talk about Bristol Palin pulling the long straw. From “Who?” to a national household name in a nanosecond.
Even more weirdly though, once news got out that Bristol Palin was 17 years old and pregnant with her teenage boyfriend’s child, and even though Sarah Palin was pro-choice and pro-abstinence, even this was changed around to Bristol’s advantage. Now, at still only 19 years old, Bristol has become a national spokesperson for abstinence (I guess it’s “Do what I say and not what I do?”) and reportedly makes up to $30,000 per speaking engagement. Only in America could someone of no importance change everything they’ve done and everything they’ve stood for (she once told Fox news “Abstinence isn’t realistic at all”), and suddenly be pulling in more money per speech than the average American family of four will see in a year.
Now she’s on “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, don’t be surprised if becoming the latest no-talent actor in a vampire movie is next on Bristol Palin’s ‘to do’ list. After all, if her barely educated mother can become nominee for vice-president of the United States, Bristol being the lead in a Twilight spin-off isn’t so far fetched.
Meanwhile, if you want to catch her first wooden performance, you can view the video of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” here.
NB – And just a note, I actually have no problem with Bristol Palin. Only a problem with a society that will take someone who obviously doesn’t even know who she is yet, let alone what she wants, and attempt to turn her into a spokesperson for their own causes. There’s something severely wrong with that.