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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.

Bristol Palin will make her acting debut this summer on ABC Family's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." (Reuters)

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.

By Lisa de Moraes  |  February 23, 2010; 12:11 PM ET
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And now Palin the 2nd is takign money from ABC...which is owned by gay-loving Disney...oh my.....

Come on Come Livin' for the Money...

Posted by: EricS2 | February 23, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

It sure is great that mom left her job to protect her children from the harsh glare of constant media coverage. Now they have more time to call press conferences and go on TV!

But not to worry about Sarah's "cred" -- she says one thing and does another every day of the week.

Posted by: fmjk | February 23, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Somehow I have a big problem with a single, unwed mother portraying someone who preaches abstinence. Can't we make that family gracefully go away?

Posted by: mbrumble | February 23, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

MOST teens aren't pregnant at 18 - Disney what are you thinking?
Oh wait - it's Di$ney....

Posted by: angie12106 | February 23, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

God forbids she would actually get a college education. The little ho' is a fast learner. Her big ho' mamma showed her the way. Grift is in the Palins' DNA.

Posted by: Gatsby10 | February 23, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Haven't you figured out the Palin bunch are hypocrites? If money is involved, they're in - forget any previous statements of principle. They figure the way to happiness is to sell themselves while they can and go happily into (hopefully very soon) well deserved obscurity with pockets overflowing.

Posted by: jquinlan29 | February 23, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Not that I'm looking down on anyone but I thinks its time we reward teenagers who don't get pregnant. We should also interview woman who refuse to get involved with a married man. How about shows about men who over the years have remain faithful in their marriage?

Posted by: MILLER123 | February 23, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Rosanne said it best, "White trash with money." Bristol is a single mom and is earning money the best way she knows - selling herself.

Posted by: oypay | February 23, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Is this the show where she explains how that hopey, feely, touchy thing works out without using a condom?

Posted by: bfc1949 | February 23, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I guess the message to teenage girls is;

- Get pregnant at 17

- Get magazine interview and pictures

- Get TV show gig

- Get RICH

Posted by: BOBSTERII | February 23, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Lol, that show is a bad combinatinon of soap opera and junior high sex-ed video; she should fit right in...

Posted by: ozpunk | February 25, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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