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June 14, 2012
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By Dean Robbins

Bristol Palin positions herself as a ‘simple girl’ on ‘Life’s a Tripp’

“Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” (Tuesday, 9 p.m., Lifetime) is a reality series about Sarah Palin’s daughter – the one who got pregnant at 17 and is raising young son Tripp as a single mom. I’m tempted to comment on the title’s idiotic pun, but Bristol puts me on notice. “Even though it seems like the media was trying to tear me down,” she says, “my faith, my friends and my family held me up.”

I have to admit, that stings. Despite being a member of the “lamestream media,” as the Palins call it, I don’t like the idea of treating Bristol unfairly. So I have a wad of tissues that I promise to stuff into my mouth whenever I feel like saying something cruel about this self-described “simple small-town girl” who has no use for “the image thing.”

Now, I do believe that some criticism of “Life’s a Tripp” is fair game, as when Bristol’s actions don’t match her oft-stated principles. For example, she spends so much time bragging about her motherly dedication to Tripp that I can’t help but notice she’s, um, raising him on a TV show that basically serves as a commercial for her brand. And for someone who’s so unconcerned with image, she sure spends a lot of time positioning herself as a down-to-earth family-values exemplar – in truth, not an easy sell for someone who’s had plastic surgery and done the bump-and-grind on “Dancing with the Stars.”

The scene that really had me reaching for my wad of tissues, though, is the one where Bristol addresses a heckler in a bar. I expected a mature approach to the situation, since “Life’s a Tripp” is a showcase for Bristol’s supposed maturity. Instead she asks him, out of the blue, “Is it because you’re a homosexual?”

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