Columnist Dan Savage pointed out on Thursday that Bristol Palin’s announcement regarding her second pregnancy will likely be treated more favorably by conservatives, compared to their usual rhetoric regarding single mothers.
“If Bristol Palin’s last name was ‘Obama,’ the whole Hee Haw gang at Fox News would spend half of every day for the next nine months telling us that Bristol Obama has terrible parents — ‘Maybe Michelle should be less concerned with what your kids are eating and more concerned with what her kids are doing!’ — and the other half of the day pretending to fret over the terrible example that Bristol Obama was setting for other African American women and girls,” Savage wrote.
Palin, who has made thousands of dollars as a pro-abstinence speaker, made the announcement on her Patheos blog, saying she was forced to do so by “constant trolls.”
“When life gets tough, there is no other option but to get tougher,” she stated. “I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you.”
Savage argued that Palin’s announcement exposed her hypocrisy regarding marriage equality, since she has criticized President Barack Obama for not explaining to his daughters that “in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home.”
“Both probably have friends with gay and lesbian parents — they live in the White House, after all, and they go to Sidwell Friends — but seeing as Obama was for marriage equality all along, it was Obama who shaped his daughters’ views on marriage equality and not the other way around,” Savage said. “So, hey, it looks like Obama was doing what you wanted him to do, Bristol: He wasn’t listening to his kids. He was shaping their worldview. Happy now?”