Bristol Palin wanted to talk about being chosen for the cast of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars.
But the daughter of former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin was asked on Friday (27 July) about her feelings about gay people when the cast was announced during the TV Critics Association summer press tour.
‘I like gays,’ Palin told a roomful reporters which included Gay Star News. ‘I’m not a homophobic. Just because I’m for traditional marriage.’
In May, Palin wrote a blog entry called Hail to the Chiefs – Malia and Sasha Obama, in which she blasted President Barack Obama for allegedly letting his daughters, who have friends with same-sex parents, influence his historic decision to support gay marriage.
Palin, who also has a reality show on the Lifetime network called Life’s a Tripp, said she likes ‘my little life in Alaska’ but continues to do reality shows because the press would be writing about her anyway.
‘You’re going to talk about me whether I’m in my little life in Alaska or if I’m in LA so I might as well have fun with it,’ she said.
Palin said ‘God provides opportunities like this for me’ and acknowledged that while she may not like all elements of the spotlight, she does appreciate the paycheck.
‘Do I like to provide for my son? Yes I do,’ she said.
The Lifetime show, which has suffered from low ratings, was hit with controversy last week when Palin’s son, Tripp, reportedly uttered a gay slur on the air.
But according to Matt Lutz, the program’s showrunner, Tripp does not utter an anti-gay term. He only curses. As reported by Gawker, ‘Lutz says that he was in the room at the time, and that he has reviewed the raw footage several times.’
This fall will mark the first time ABC has had an all-star version of the reality competition. Other celebrities from past seasons invited to participate include Kelly Monaco, Gilles Marini, Drew Lachey, Pamela Anderson, Helio Castroneves and Melissa Rycroft.