Bristol Palin is Against Obama's Support of Gay Marriage, Blames Teen Girls and Too Much Glee

Bristol Palin has a blog post up today on Patheos about how problematic it is that Barack Obama’s support of same-sex marriage was inspired by his teenage daughters. Says Palin:

I guess we can be glad that Malia and Sasha aren’t younger, or perhaps today’s press conference might have been about appointing Dora the Explorer as Attorney General because of her success in stopping Swiper the Fox.
Sometimes dads should lead their family in the right ways of thinking.

In this case, it would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader and helped shape their thoughts instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too many episodes of Glee.

Well, I knew watching too much Glee could be hazardous to your health, but I didn’t know that it could make you love gay people too much!

It’s unfortunate that Palin had to get all preachy about fathers and daughters in this post, because she starts off with a good point: When conservative women run for office, they are often chastised for their focus on the family (I’d argue this is true for liberal women as well, though maybe not to the same extent). If a woman said that her opinion on a lightning rod issue like gay marriage was shaped around the dinner table with her kids, you can bet she’d get some pushback for it. Palin loses me when she starts talking about how “here’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads,” though. Why shouldn’t Obama be influenced, as he claims he was, by a younger generation with a different perspective? Sasha and Malia were talking to him about their friends with same-sex parents—how is listening to them and taking them seriously not “being a dad”?

Instead of scolding Obama for respecting his teenage daughters—undermining teen girls and making them out to be frivolous Glee-watchers, conveniently forgetting that she was recording teen pregnancy PSAs and accompanying her mother on the VP trail AS A TEENAGE GIRL HERSELF—Palin should be glad that a sitting president is considering his family when he makes decisions. What more could the author of Not Afraid of Life (Bristol Palin’s book about considering her family when she makes decisions) want?

by Kelsey Wallace
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9 Comments Have Been Posted

Ugh, Bristol Palin...can we

Ugh, Bristol Palin...can we all just ignore her and hope she goes away?


Yeah, people give her way too much attention. She adds nothing to any dialogue.

yes, please.

yes, please.

shaped their thoughts?

As a parent, I want my children to think for themselves. I instill in them our values as a family - that everyone deserves respect, that violence is not the answer to anything, that they are enough and have enough - but I would never "shape their thoughts" to match my own. I fully 100% support same-sex marriage. If my kids decided, after thoughtful discussion and deliberation that they didn't, but held their views in line with our family values (i.e., you can be against same sex marriage, but you can't go out and bully people about it) who am I to try to brainwash them to believe the opposite just because I said so??

The President IS being a good leader in that he's listening to others and forming opinions based on the world around him, not just on some preconceived notion in his head with no consideration of what's going on in the world. I'm sure he's got plenty of people around him telling him all sorts of things - I'm glad he takes it all into consideration and forms his opinion, instead of just forcing his opinion down everyone's throats - as a parent, as as a president.

Oh Dear Bristol

I clicked the link and read her blog post. I have to say, who does this girl think she is to say: "we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview." UM WHAT. And mothers dont? What a naive idiot. I know many single mothers, and single fathers for that matter who raise their children just fine without a partner. It is just ignorant to say that a same sex couple is not going to provide properly for their children, and not provide proper worldviews. This is the 21st century.

We should start a "Douchebag Decree Hall of Fame"

Bristol Palin and her brainwashed (by the right-wing fundamentalist preachers they worship the ground on) ignorant family just cannot seem to keep away from cameras, microphones, and these inter-webs, despite the fact that the American Status Quo is downright sick and tired of their antics of spewing hate against anyone that is not like them and any aspects of a progressive society that they deem sickening, further polarizing an already polarized society that is disfunctional and unhealthy. I would definitely nominate anyone in that family to be a part of it.

open letter to Briston

Hey Bristol, how about you not throw stones from glass houses. Focus on raising your own kid the best you can and don't pass judgement on thousands of good people who are just trying to do the same. Get off your high horse, you are not morally superior or a better parent just because you're straight.

Oh, for the record, the definition of marriage has changed many, many times over the last thousand years. But I suppose you'd rather see us to go back to the good ol'e days when women were property who could be forced to marry their rapist, when domestic abuse was seen as a husband's right has the head of the household, and when interracial marriage was illegal.

Really too much Glee? I think

Really too much Glee? I think maybe she watched too much 16 and pregnant.

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