I don't know if you watched Dancing With The Stars this season, but comedian Margaret Cho was in the competition, as was 20-year-old single mother Bristol Palin, who you may know better as a daughter of would-be political leader Sarah Palin.
In a post called "Pistol Whipped" on her blog on Nov. 29, Cho wrote about the Palins, saying very favorable things about Bristol and her performance, but not-so nice things about mama Palin, accusing Sarah Palin of forcing Bristol to do the show and blaming Bristol for the 2008 loss of McCain/Palin. Ahem. Cho went on to write:
Although I don‚Äôt agree with the family‚Äôs politics at all, I really like Bristol as a person. She‚Äôs warm and incredibly supportive, and I think that she looks beautiful out on the dance floor. It‚Äôs heartbreaking that people are so awful to her about her weight. I think she looks fantastic, and why does everybody think they have a right to comment on our bodies? What are young girls going to take away from that? If people call her fat what kind of impact does that have on women who have similar body types ‚Äì which is most of us??!! Still, it is a dance competition, and so I am sure that people feel they have the right to judge bodies and not just ability. That‚Äôs just wrong.
So how did Bristol respond? Better question: How did Bristol's ghostwriter respond? If you read the notes on Bristol Palin's official Facebook page — and if you've also heard Bristol speak either on DWTS or on the Palin family's TLC show — then you know that she is not the kind of 20-year-old who would ever use the word "calculus" or "canard," or likely have the inclination to find out what those words mean. And this is how Bristol's response to Cho on Saturday night ended:
To my friend Margaret Cho, if you ever have a question, call me girlfriend. Don't ever rely on "sources" who claim to know me or my family. You will be taken every time. And we need to talk. You say you "don't agree with the family's politics at all" but I say, if you understood that commonsense conservative values supports the right of individuals like you, like all of us, to live our lives with less government interference and more independence, you would embrace us faster than KD Lang at an Indigo Girls concert.
P.S. If you want to baby-sit Tripp, I could use a night off.
Using kd lang and the Indigo Girls as your go-to references for a lesbian joke in 2010 is pretty mediocre for a 20-year-old. You have so many other topical choices, Bristol! Go for it if you're going to go for the zinger!
Cho, who celebrated her 42nd birthday on Sunday, laughed it all off in a series of messages on her Twitter feed, first calling it "Best birthday gift," then adding: "Must write song "embrace me" with kd lang and indigo girls. Must!!!!!!!" and finally: "The only reason bristol is so freaked out and everyone is asking me to retract what I said is because they know its true."