Bristol Palin’s Bizarre Tea-Party Photo Shoot
In many of her speeches in which she addresses her anti-choice stance, Sarah Palin invokes her children, usually Bristol, who had a baby as a teenager, and Trig, who has Down’s syndrome, to illustrate that despite those less-than-ideal circumstances, her and Bristol chose life. Though she’s attacked others who bring up her children, it’s Palin who uses them for political purposes most often.
And it’s perhaps even harder now to think of Bristol Palin as a non-political figure now that she’s shot a bizarre Tea Party-themed photo shoot for Harper’s Bazaar, posing in the most literal and least subtle contrived scene imaginable: Cradling a silver teapot, surrounded by ornate cakes and a frilly tablecloth. Sure, it’s a little playful – a wink and a nod to the crackpot movement her mother helps sustain – but it’s also a firm step toward establishing herself as a political figure, too.
Though she works as a medical assistant to support herself and her son, it’s hard to imagine she’ll keep that up much longer now that she’s reportedly set to haul in tens of thousands of dollars per speaking engagement, and is continuing to shoot commercials and make TV appearances.
Bristol Palin seems earnest in her desire to do right by her son, and it’s hard to fault a young, beautiful teenager for taking advantage of the opportunities being thrown her way (she actually shows a relatively good deal of self-awareness in her public service announcement in which she admits that teen motherhood would be much rougher if she weren’t so rich and privileged), but now that she’s physically holding a tea pot in a major magazine, I think Sarah Palin might have to relinquish any quips about her family being off-limits to media criticism. That ship has long since sailed.