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The (Bristol) Palin problem, in a sentence

What did you expect? (Richard Knapp/Lifetime)

This is what Bristol told FOX and Friends in an interview Monday, preparatory to the debut of her reality TV show.

This is the underlying contradiction of the Palin clan.

They demand publicity at every turn, then express shock when people pay attention. Nothing says, “Please, leave me and my family alone” like “I am the star of two reality television series, and also I have appeared on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ ”

How dare you bring the kids into it! Sarah bellows.

How dare you bring my mom into it! Bristol shouts.

“I am shocked and saddened that reality television would use my name and depict my life” is right up there with “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” in the annals of disingenuousness.

For anyone but the Palin clan, you can’t have your kayak and heat it, too. Do you want to languish in obscurity? Do you want your kids off the air, your habits and face and attire unscrutinized? Be my guest. Obscurity is fun. It is where I spend my time.

Or do you want people to pay attention to you? Do you want celebrity? Do you want a dang reality TV series that revolves around your life? Do you want an autobiography in stores at an age when so little has happened that one of your life’s pivotal incidents revolves around wine coolers? Do you want to be the cynosure of all eyes?

Then don’t act surprised when people stare at you.

Alexandra Petri writes the ComPost blog, offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day. She is the author of "A Field Guide to Awkward Silences".


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