If there was ever a time I hoped Bristol Palin would turn out to be cool once she got away from the pernicious influence of her mother, that time is now long past. Despite competing on one of the gayest shows ever to air on mainstream television, Sarah Palin‘s younger, cuter, but no less ignorant mini-me has made it clear that anyone who thinks gays deserve equal treatment under the law is a lily-livered, too-much-Glee watchin’ fool. She’s talking to you, President Obama!
In a response posted earlier today on her blog, she writes:
While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads. In this case, it would’ve been helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends [sic.] parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change thousands of years of thinking about marriage. Or that – as great as her friends may be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.
In this situation, it was the other way around. 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.
Ugh, where to start?
-First and most obviously, marriage is not a static institution. In other places and times, it was legal for men to have many wives. In America, it used to be illegal for people of different races to get married. And married women used to essentially be their husbands’ property. Divorce rights, the concept of marital rape, and minimum age requirements are all things we’ve obtained as our society has grown more civilized. “Tradition!” is only a good reason to keep doing something if you’re the dad character in Fiddler on the Roof. Some traditions suck.
-Sure, sometimes dads should lead their kids in the right way of thinking. But every now and then, the dad’s way is actually the wrong way, and his kids are right. In which case, he should take his cues from them. A child’s strong innate sense of fairness can be a decent lens through which to view view civil rights issues; no one is born racist, sexist, or homophobic.
-Was it really necessary to throw in that dig on Sasha and Malia‘s friends with same-sex parents? Besides being a rude thing to say, it’s just false–studies have shown time and again that “in general,” children of same-sex parents are no different from children of hetero parents, and that in some cases, they actually fare better.
It’s a shame Bristol Palin hates gay people so much, because with shade-throwing abilities like these, she could be a gay icon on par with Joan Rivers in no time.