So for those of you who haven’t heard; Bristol Palin has her own reality t.v. show! “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” aired on Lifetime for the first time last night and garnered a few eye-rolls and even fewer viewers. This came as a surprise to MTV executives and many Sarah Palin fans because both groups are under the assumption that supporting famous dumb people is what life is all about.
The show’s premise focuses on Bristol and her 17 year-old sister Willow taking care of Bristol’s young son Tripp in Los Angeles. Bristol made the move to L.A. because she wanted her two-year old son to “see the world”. Willow went along with Bristol due to the fact that pretending to take care of a two-year-old in L.A. is more fun that going to school or listening to her mother’s shrill voice in Alaska.
In the show Bristol talks about how different it is to go from Alaska to L.A. “People are a lot more into their image here, than in Alaska,” she says on a show named after, and all about her. She moved into her parent’s friend’s house in Beverly Hills, instantly making her living situation as relatable to the average American as Osama Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan.
Like most reality t.v. stars, neither Bristol, not Willow have a real job. Bristol argues against going out to get a real job because she doesn’t trust any baby-sitter to take care of Tripp. Willow, who’s job it was to come along and watch out for Tripp spends more time with Bristol shopping in L.A.’s finest stores than actually taking care of one of the most adorable faces on television. …By the way, when Bristol and Willow are out shopping, Tripp is nowhere to be seen, and if Bristol is honest about her excuse for not getting a job, then we can safely assume Tripp is at home taking care of himself and figuring out which jug is filled with water and which one is filled with bleach.
Bristol and Willow complain about their lives in L.A. and all the paparazzi that follow them around taking pictures all the time. The irony is not lost when you consider they are saying this to the viewers of their reality t.v. show.
In probably the only interesting part of the show, Bristol went out to a bar and rode a mechanical bull. All of a sudden a loud and considerably out-of-line drunk shouted “Did you ride Levi like that? Your mother’s a whore!”
Woah! Uncalled for. Like a majority of Americans, I’m not a huge Sarah Palin fan, but even still, words like that are nothing but hurtful and unnecessary. Good thing Bristol is a mature adult about the situation.
Like any of us confronted with a generic “your mom!” statement, Bristol immediately walked over to the man and accused him of being “a homosexual.”
Turns out the man actually was gay and when he asked how she knew, her response was, “I could tell just by looking at you”. (He was wearing a blue shirt and jeans.) Let me make this clear however, this encounter was less than three minutes of the entire episode, and Lifetime actually had to edit out the man, and Bristol’s comments due to a lawsuit against the show.
In the end “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” provides us with a few things.
- It gives us a show that critics and viewers agree on. Nearly every critic in every news source pointed to the show as a new low for television and the lack of viewers seem to reinforce the likelihood that everyone knows.
- It gives us a convincing reason why Bristol would name her son “Tripp”.
- It gives us more evidence that Bristol has moved on from her ex-fiancée Levi (due to the fact that she was bashing on him off and on throughout the show.)
- It gives us one more reason to turn off the t.v. and read a book instead