MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann recently dubbed Bristol Palin his “Worst Person in the World” this week. Reason? Palin’s supposed hypocrisy.
Olbermann thinks an unwed teen mother preaching about abstinence education as an “ambassador” for the Candies Foundation, isn’t all that great. In fact, his words exactly were: “Sadly, it’s not a spoof done by The Onion,” cracked Olbermann. “She’s the Candies spokesperson for abstinence? She and her son? Because it’s got to work this time? This is like saying George Bush kept us safe except for that 9-11 thing, which doesn’t count.”
However, Palin quickly responded to the statements with comments defending her payday spokesperson credentials. “Accusing me of hypocrisy is by now, an old canard. What Mr. Olbermann lacks in originality he makes up for with insincere incredulity,” Palin unleashed on her Facebook page in a long, scathing post that sounds suspiciously more like a political spokesperson handed down from her mother than her actual self.
She continues with: “Mr. Olbermann fails to understand that in order to have credibility as a spokesperson, it sometimes takes a person who has made mistakes. Parents warn their children about the mistakes they made so they are not repeated. Former gang members travel to schools to educate teenagers about the risks of gang life. Recovered addicts lecture to others about the risks of alcohol and drug abuse. And yes, a teen mother talks about the benefits of preventing teen pregnancy.”
If you’re not familiar with the main public service announcement at discussion, here’s the scoop. It’s Bristol and fellow Dancing With The Stars contestant The Situation for Candies in which he asked her if she “ever had a situation with The Situation,” a commercial that’s been get bad comments since it’s release.
“To Mr. Olbermann let me say this: you can attack me all you want. But you will not stop me from getting my message out about teen pregnancy prevention,” Bristol wrapped up. “And one day, if you ever have a daughter, you may change your mind about me.”
Olbermann did not comment on air about Palin’s attack. However he did hit back briefly via Twitter when asked about it by a fan.
“So what if she’s leading to more teenage pregnancies by pushing abstinence-only, which DOES… NOT… WORK,” the Countdown host tweeted.
Is it wrong for Bristol Palin to be an anti-pregnancy spokesperson? I mean, look at Teen Mom – those girls definitely aren’t showing teenage pregnancy as a completely terrible thing, and yet they’re getting great reviews. Should Bristol resign – or should she just ignore it and continue on with the public announcements?