Quelle suprise. Bristol Palin took the “fall down drunk, get up pregnant” route to parenthood.
Bristol Palin writes in her new book of losing her virginity to boyfriend Levi Johnston on a camping trip after getting drunk for the first time on too many wine coolers.
She awoke in her tent, alone, with no memories of what had happened as Johnston “talked with his friends on the other side of the canvas.” She had vowed to wait until marriage. And she had lied to her parents about where she was going.
Palin, a 20-year-old single mother and the daughter of former Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin, tells a story of “deception and disappointment” in the book, “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far.”
The memoir, co-written with Nancy French, is scheduled for publication by William Morrow this week. The Associated Press purchased a copy Friday.
I just have a couple of things to say.
First, I’ll just repeat what I said around the time the whole Jon & Kate mess exploded. Why are people famous just for reproducing?
The entire time the Octomom saga played out in headlines and newscasts, I thought about continuing this series. Only, every time Id get started, thered be another revelation. At some point, I got tired of trying to keep up. I kept it in the back of my mind, though.
To tell the truth, Ive never watched Jon & Kate Plus 8, except for a few minutes when I stopped in the middle of channel surfing and caught a few minutes of it. I didnt know why, but something about the show creeped me out. I couldnt put my finger on it. But when the allegations about his affair, then her alleged affair, then her alleged violent rages, his alleged lack of ambition, her tummy tuck and nose job, his hair plugs, and the difference between the reality of their marriage and the facade presented on television, I found myself asking Why are these people famous? All they did was have babies, and have more at one time than most people.
These people are famous for reproducing?
That’s what it takes to become famous these days? I mean, why else would we have ever heard of Bristol Palin? Sure, her mom was plucked from obscurity and foisted upon the nation by John McCain (who should be working of that karma for several lifetimes, if you ask me), and has hung around like like a bad smell you can’t find the source of. But even granting that, we’d never have heard Bristol’s name if the Palin pregnancy rumors that started right after Palin’s nomination hadn’t led to the discovery of Bristol’s pregnancy.
Being the 16-year-old daughter of a vice presidential nominee might have made Bristol more well known than if the whole Palin clan had stayed in Wasila. However, being the pregnant 16-year-old daughter of a vice presidential candidate made her a star. Besides her mom’s reality show, she’s appeared in an episode of “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” (about teen pregnancy, of course), and of course there was her surprisingly long stint on “Dancing With the Stars”, even as she consistently got the lowest scores from the judges, while more talented dancers were shown the door.
She was on the show because she’s Bristol Palin. She’s Bristol Palin because her mom is Sarah Palin, and because she reproduced.
To be fair here, Bristol’s not the only one who got famous as a result of fecundity. Like the song says, “It takes two.” And Levi Johnston has worked far more than 15 minutes of fame out of what we know know was probably 15 minutes (it can’t possibly have taken much longer than that) of drunken teenage fumbling that would have remained unknown to the world until fate intervened in the form of the McCain campaign.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind looking at Levi Johnston. But why is this guy famous?