Bristol Palin, 'thrilled' to be going Hollywood

By Lisa de Moraes
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Is Sarah Palin's daughter heading off to become one of those Hollywood types with whom Palin has so many issues?

Bristol Palin, oldest daughter of the former Republican veep candidate, will make her acting debut this summer on ABC Family's teener drama "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," the Disney cable network announced Tuesday.

The show bills itself as a "heartfelt" series focusing on a family dealing with a 15-year-old's unexpected pregnancy. The younger Palin will play herself in the episode but as a friend of the character Amy (Shailene Woodley) at a music program for teen mothers.

In a statement, Bristol, 19, assures us she is "thrilled to be on this show."

Bristol's career choice may prove dicey -- for her mom.

Sarah Palin risks her anti-Hollywood cred by sending her daughter off to work there -- "Secret Life" is, after all, about Disney making money off a show that gives the Hollywood treatment to the issue of teen pregnancy.

Back in June, in the wake of a sex joke David Letterman made on his show about one of her daughters, Sarah Palin and her husband blasted "Hollywood/NY entertainers" as having "a long way to go in understanding what the rest of America understands" about what is, and what is not, funny on the subject of older men preying on young women.

In her farewell address as Alaska governor, Palin attacked the Twiggy-like nature of starlets and Hollywood's penchant for advocating gun-control laws, in the same thought -- something we did not think could be done.

"You are going to see anti-hunting, anti-Second Amendment circuses from Hollywood," Palin warned in that speech.

"And here's how they do it: They use these delicate, tiny, very talented celebrity starlets. They use Alaska as a fundraising tool for their anti-Second Amendment causes," she said, adding, "By the way, Hollywood needs to know: We eat -- therefore we hunt."

More recently, Palin recruited Bristol to help her excoriate Hollywood bigwig Seth MacFarlane for an episode of his "Family Guy" in which a teenage girl who has Down syndrome tells her date she is the daughter of a former governor of Alaska. Sarah and Bristol took the joke to be a slam on Bristol's baby brother, Trig, who also has Down syndrome.

"If the writers of a particularly pathetic cartoon show thought they were being clever in mocking my brother and my family yesterday, they failed," Bristol wrote on her mother's Facebook page in mid-February.

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