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Bristol Palin hits back at critics. But who is doing the talking?
She might not have had much to say for herself during her three month stint on “Dancing With the Stars”, but Bristol Palin is wasting no time now hitting back at her critics.
Message: beware of making a Bristol Palin joke — especially if it’s on national television.
The latest celebrity to get the pushback from Bristol is comedian Kathy Griffin, who joked at a concert for U.S. troops at the weekend that the oldest daughter in the Palin clan was “the only contestant in the history of the (“Dancing with the Stars”) show to actually gain weight”.
In fact, suggested Griffin, 50, (who incidentally was showing off her crash-diet new figure in a military-style bikini), Bristol was “like the white ‘Precious’,” in a reference to the obese black teen star of the acclaimed 2009 movie.
The troops booed back, and so did Bristol.
“The audience’s reaction to this ‘comedian’ spoke volumes, and the decent people I know would probably have booed her, too,” Palin told Fox News’ Pop Tarts section in a statement. “I hope people didn’t have to pay money to hear her negativity and criticisms.”
Just a day earlier, Bristol, 20, had taken aim at comedienne and DWTS competitor Margaret Cho for suggesting that her mom Sarah Palin had forced her daughter into appearing on the ballroom dance show — which she very nearly won, despite coming up short on dance skills.
Last week, Bristol talked back through Facebook to liberal MSNBC news anchor Keith Olbermann, who had named the 20-year-old the “worst person in the world” for her efforts to promote teen abstinence from sex before marriage, despite the fact that she is herself a single mom.
Bristol, of course, has every right to defend herself. But it looks like it’s turning out to be a full-time job — for somebody else.
The responses to Cho and Olbermann come from Bristol Palin’s “official” Facebook page, launched in September, which bears a striking contrast in language and restraint with the widely reported exchange in November involving Bristol, her 16 year-old sister Willow and a handful of non-celebrity critics on another Facebook page.
In that decidedly unofficial verbal fight, Bristol described herself as “a hard-ass worker” and called a critic a “dumb ass.”
In her rebuke to Olbermann however, she termed accusations of hypocrisy “an old canard” (? !), and accused Olbermann of “insincere incredulity”. To Cho, she retorted that political considerations for her decision to take part in “Dancing with the Stars” were “notably absent from this calculus”.
So who’s doing the talking for Bristol Palin these days? And why?