I was wondering if we would ever hear Sarah Palin publicly regret her young daughter's homophobic Facebook attack on a young critic of "Sarah Palin's Alaska." The young man in question, Tre, had the audacity to write:
Sarah Palin's Alaska is failing soo hard right now.
Bristol immediately admonished him for running his mouth "just to talk shit." He responded: "hahahahaha the show fails, i think, just opinion but so do other people." Check out the full dialogue after the jump. Willow quickly jumps in and calls Tre gay and a faggot. Here is how Palin responded to this on Hannity's show yesterday:
People probably think that my greatest frustration is the lies that are told in the tabloids and on hateful blogs full of anonymous sources about my family ... and there are constant everyday lies that we have to read that are out there in the public. But my family and I…thick skin…we can take it, you know…we can take what the haters say despite the fact that there’s injustice in the situation. I mean, look at the other day ...Willow, finally, my 16 year old ... she had had it up to here with somebody saying very very hateful things about the family and saying mean things about her little brother Trig and Willow finally responded and she used a bad word when she responded in defense of her family. And her response became national news, even hard news copy it turned into, so that’s ridiculous and I had to explain to her ... Willow, there is no justice here but you have to just zip your lip and let’s move forward.
"Very, very hateful things about the family." As in
hahahahaha the show fails, i think, just opinion but so do other people.
And where is the reference to Trig in this thread? Nowhere. Willow, moreover, did not "finally" do anything. She jumped into the thread almost immediately, calling someone a "dumb shit" and another person "effin fat as hell." (The recipient of that comment revealed later that he has Crohn's Disease and the steroids he has to take make him overweight.)
Of course, this is a trivial issue and what kids say on Facebook is neither here nor there. But it does reveal certain things: the Palin children are clearly used to using the term "faggot" very easily, with minimal provocation. More importantly, Palin's response is not to take responsibility for her children's behavior, and not to apologize for the use of the "bad word" "faggot." Her response is to blame the media and to reassure her daughter that she was the victim in all this.
Willow is the victim because it is unfair to put the children of public figures in the spotlight. Which is why, of course, Palin has turned Bristol into a reality star, has brandished an infant with Down Syndrome at her book signings, exposes her other daughter's dating habits on a reality show, and constantly refers to her being the mother of a combat vet. It's okay for her to splay every aspect of her family and private life across multi-media platforms; it is not okay for anyone to have a critical reaction or response to it.
The other thing we know is that, once again, Palin's first response to a difficult question is to lie. Unless I am missing some cryptic reference, no one was writing "mean things about [Willow's] little brother Trig". In fact, there was no reference to Trig in that thread at all. It is almost as if Trig is used reflexively by the Palins as a defense mechanism against criticism or scrutiny.
Full Facebook thread after the jump:
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