Bristol Palin puts mom Sarah's anti-Hollywood cred on the line
Is Sarah Palin's daughter heading off to become one of those Hollywood types with whom Palin has so many issues?
Bristol Palin, oldest daughter of the former Alaskan governor, will make her acting debut this summer on ABC Family's teener drama "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," the Disney cable network announced Tuesday.
In the episode, which will be shot in Los Angeles, younger Palin will play herself, but will pretend to be one of Amy's (Shailene Woodley) friends at a music program for teen mothers. "The Secret Life of the American Teenager, " from "Seventh Heaven" creator Brenda Hampton, is a "heartfelt" series focusing on a family that is dealing with an unexpected teen pregnancy.
In a statement, Bristol, 19, assures us she is "thrilled to be on this show ."
Bristol's career choice may prove dicey - for her mom. Sarah Palin risks her anti-Hollywood cred by sending her daughter off to work there.
"Secret Life" is, after all, about Disney making money off a show that gives the Hollywood treatment to the issue of teen pregnancy.
Back in June of 2009, in the wake of a sex joke David Letterman made on his show about one of her daughters, Sarah Palin blasted "Hollywood/NY entertainers" as having "a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands" in re what is, and what is not, funny on the subject of older men preying on young women.
In her farewell address as Alaska governor, Palin took time to attack the Twig-like nature of Hollywood starlets AND Hollywood's penchant for advocating gun-control laws, in the same thought - something we did not think could be done.
"You are going to see anti-hunting, anti-second amendment circuses from Hollywood," Palin warned in that speech.
"And here's how they do it: The use these delicate, tiny, very talented celebrity starlets. The use Alaska as a fund-raising tool for their anti-Second Amendment causes," she said, adding "By the way, Hollywood needs to know: we eat -- therefore we hunt."
More recently, Palin recruited Bristol to help her excoriate Hollywood big-wig Seth MacFarlane for an episode of his "Family Guy" in which a teen-aged girl who has Down Syndrome tells her dinner date she is the daughter of a former governor of Alaska. Sarah and Bristol took the joke to be a slam on Bristol's baby brother, Trig, who also has Down Syndrome.
"If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed," Bristol wrote sternly on her mother's Facebook page in mid-February.
"All they proved is that they're heartless jerks."
"Family Guy" airs on the Fox broadcast network - or, as Sarah Palin sometimes calls it, "Fox Hollywood" network. This is to distinguish from the Fox News Channel, where the elder Palin is now a contributor. Both are owned by NewsCorporation.
Lisa de Moraes
February 23, 2010; 12:11 PM ET
Categories: TV News
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