Responding to the Viral Sensation, Loving my Brother

I’ve been totally blown away by the responses to my post below, which went viral beyond my wildest dreams. Hundreds of thousands of people have read the post, and it’s been shared – at the time I write this — 88,000 times. Thank you for reading, sharing, and commenting. I received over 1,700 comments, and I’d like to take a moment to respond to some of them. The comments basically fell into one of three categories:

Category 1: “I hate you.”

Example: “JLE” at 7:52 am on March 20:

Bristol Palin you have some nerve President Obama does not owe you anything your a nobody, a young loose cow with kid!!!!! You and your mom are true idiots your Alaskan Hillbillies so go back in your igloos stay out of the public eye we are tired of your UGLY FACED YOUR SON TOO& BROTHER TOO!!!!

At first, the Patheos moderators weren’t letting these types of comments through, but we decided to let you have at least a glimpse of the things people say about my family. (We still don’t approve the dozens and dozens of truly obscene rants. This is a family blog after all!) You can see that Bill Maher is not some lone comedian with a unique perspective on us. Rather, he taps into something evil and dark that resides in the hearts of many people who hate our family. Even after so many years, I’m still a little surprised when people make fun of my little brother. They, however, can’t silence me or my mom. In fact, they motivate the to keep speaking. Evil can’t win!

Category 2: “You’re comparing apples to oranges.”

Example: Donna Hess wrote at 1:14 am on March 20:

Bull, a comedian pretty much can say what they want. Limbaugh actually represents the Republican Party. They pay him. Obama has nothing to do with what Bill Maher says it is his opinion.

Bill Maher is much more than a comedian. He’s a big-time political player who hides behind the “comedian” label whenever he gets criticized. His guest list represents a huge chunk of the Washington establishment and sometimes even includes prominent Republicans. And as I said in my original post, he’s put himself straight in the middle of presidential politics by giving $1,000,000 to President Obama’s SuperPAC. Bill Maher isn’t just some guy behind a microphone in a seedy comedy club in the middle of nowhere. He’s a comedian and political commentator like Rush is an entertainer and political commentator. He’s a little bit less popular, but his professional failure compared to Rush doesn’t make him any less accountable for his vile speech.

Category 3: “We love you!”

Example: most of the other 1,700 comments – thanks!

I think the reason my blog post struck such a chord is that people are fed up with the double standards in this country. The very people who call out for “civility” in our conversations ignore the hatred that spills out of their friends, allies, and million-dollar donors. However, most people have shown such an amazing amount of support to my family over the years, and we are so thankful to have gotten to “meet” you… even if it’s just in the comments section below.

Thanks so much for talking with me here at my blog. It won’t always be political, but sometimes I have to speak out!

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  • jessica

    It absolutely sickens me how people treat your family. You all are wonderful people, and I speak on behalf of the good hearted democrats when I say that I wish you all the happiness in the world! I am too a single teen Mon, and I really relate to you and think you are a very strong woman. Keep smiling and don’t listen to the evil out there.

  • Erin

    I really don’t care for anything that the Palin family represents. I find them to mostly be uneducated, backwards thinking psedudo-political pundits who stir up controversy in a desperate attempt to stay relevant as their 15 minutes slowly tick away. Despite that, I thought that I would read some of Bristol’s blog and watch an episode of her show (call it morbid curiosity or call it a bored attempt to confirm my feelings for the whole Palin clan).

    What I found was that Bristol Palin is one of the most vile human beings I’ve ever seen. Bristol obviously has no opinions of her own – she systematically spews her mom’s political rhetoric verbatim. She is the biggest damn WHINER on the planet. No one forced you to have children out of wedlock as a teenager! It’s no surprise you’re a single parent. 17 year old boys are not typically known as the most stable people on the planet, which is why having babies with one isn’t generally a good idea. But here’s the other thing — MILLIONS of other people are in your situation and don’t bitch and complain about it. They just move on and try to make better lives for their children. My sister-in-law is a single parent whose (now) ex-husband took off two months before my nephew was born and no one has seen or heard from him since. You know what she did? Went back to college, got an advanced degree, got a better job, took care of her son. You know how many times I’ve heard her complain about her situation? Twice. Know how many times I’ve heard Bristol complain? About 36,000.

    Sheesh, she constantly whines about people picking on her and her family but obviously loves the attention. People who don’t love the spotlight and scrutiny and attention don’t write books, star in their own reality shows and appear on nationally syndicated political talk shows. There are easy ways to solve the problem of poeople “picking on your family” – quit intentionally putting yourselves in those situations. I find it ironic, or more accurately, HYPOCRITICAL, that Bristol wants people to stop scrutinizing her, but has no problem pulling the president’s young daughters into a spitefully crafted blog post about gay-marriage. Don’t tell people to be respectful when you have a blog post about your missing dog and (foolishly) make a tongue-in-cheek reference to the president eating it.

    The Palin family is a modern day example of how our society has allowed pop culture to invade everything in our lives, including our politics. It’s shameful, really. Bristol has a lot of growing up to do. She would be wise to do it off-camera, then she may have a shred of credibility.

    • Kate

      Really? Wow! A simple suggestion for you, get a hobby/slash life. I actually feel sad for you that you spewed for several paragraphs about someone you hold in such a low regard. Why not spend time somewhere you actually enjoy being instead of being so hateful? Cyber anonymous bullying, what a true prize you must really be.

      Bristol keep on keeping on girl!

      • Leslie

        Tori and Erin if you think she gets too much face time why are you here? I supposed you feel the NEED to trash someone how about you get a hobby/life demon spawn. She was thrust into the limelight by the campaign but more so by the vile comments she got. And just remember for LIBERALS…their kids are off limits. Act like adults you two judgmental twits. Good for you Kate. Looks like we have to take our country back from the neanderthals that have taken over. We rose above and didn’t say anything back then and now they are going to find out how sick of them we are. BTW trolls Bristols life seems to be going quite well…that would be the best revenge. Loved your Mom’s Big Gulp moment at CPAC Bristol!

    • Tory

      Erin, you nailed it on the head. I watched the first episode of her show and don’t really understand the point? Bristol never went to college, she never had to work a day in her life for anything – everything has been handed to this girl. Anyone see the hilarity in a single mom moving to L.A. staying in a mansion in Beverly Hills to work for a volunteer organization? I mean…come on people, utter nonsense. In no way is her life a struggle – the reason she receives so much backlash is because she is constantly forcing herself into the spotlight, most people are tired of hearing about you Bristol, you are literally famous for being pregnant at 16 while your mother was selected as VP. How can you even be proud of that? I’d be embarrassed if I were Bristol and as Erin suggested I would instead try to prove people wrong by getting an education, earning my own income (not from reality TV gigs) and showing everyone that I am not swinging from my mother’s coattails.

  • Lydia Bhaskarla

    I would be so proud to be called a Palin, and even more proud to be Sarah Palin’s daughter. We absolutely love your family and think you are all true patriots!!! Your Mom must be soooooo proud of how you and Willow have turned out, as well as, your big Bro and little sister as well. And little I am a mother of a child with Special Needs…Autism. And just read yesterday some terrible comments made by 50 cents and Autism. And even though it hurts for a moment….we have to remember that these people that say such evil and horrible things are obviously very very demonic. So with that said….Try your best not to let it bring you down. In fact, it should be the fuel that ignites your fight. Read Psalm 37!! Love your show, love you, love your entire fam!!! May the Lord continue to richly bless each and everyone of you. Now…..can I move to Wasilla??? I LOVE IT THERE!!!! It has been a life long dream to live in Alaska…and from what I see Wasilla is just the place I would want to be. LOL

  • Candice Frazier

    I thinks your family is awesome I wish my family was as loving and fun as yours! Your show is such an inspiration to everybody out there thinking there is nothing to live for. I love how you guys stick together no matter what. So don’t listen to the haters I think what you are doing is brave and it has truly touched my heart to get to see your life and how brave of you to let everybody in like that!!!! Keep doing what your doing you’re awesome Bristol ! Next time you come to Florida I’d love to come to a book signing or hey there is Disney fun here too :)

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  • Sami May

    Bristol, you are truly an inspiration to me. I am a young girl who has recently graduated, and I really admire the way you have taken your situation and used it to help other girls. Your strength to withstand everything people say — the horrible stuff about your family, your situation, etc.– makes you someone I look up too. I want to be able to inspire other girls to follow God and trust in Him to bring them through and show them where to go. I didn’t really know what post to put this under– I enjoy so many of them! Please keep up all the posts!…I love our show as well! Prayers go out to you and your family :) By the way….I think your family is awesome, and your little brother is absolutely adorable!

  • Carole Grimley

    It sickens me how everyone treats everyone else, especially in the political arena. The hyperbole is absurd on both sides. As for same sex marriage, I don’t see how other consenting adults’ choices have any bearing on me. As for the Bible; it says a lot of weird stuff that people choose to ignore. I don’t really think you are in a position to judge other people’s sexual behavior.

  • The Truth Hurts

    The only reason anyone looks up to a Palin is because they are looking down at you! Most teen moms who choose to keep their child “pay” by way of self sacrifice. Unfortunately, Bristol’s preference appears to be the role of “payee.” She is laughing all the way to the bank.

  • Sad Morals have Disappeared

    The worst part in the negativity of the commentary on this site towards the Palins simply lies in the fact that society has lost it’s sense of what is right and wrong in life. 50 years ago no one would have dared to speak about one another in the fashion they do today. We have become a nation of Haters and non-supporters. When 9-11 happened, this nation pulled together, regardless of race, sexual orientation, political affiliation or who our family was and now we simply don’t bother to even fly our flags…much care about one another, after all we are still fighting a War, does anyone even care anymore about the Soldiers who are still dying for your right to spew the hateful comments you broadcast at will? With all the acts of domestic terrorism happening in our own back yards we have grown into a country that simply sighs and says to one another “such a shame” and turns the channel to some reality television show.

    What will it take for us to come together as a Nation that cares for one another again? Perhaps an incident worse then 9/11, I certainly hope not, but the thought that it takes that truly frightens me. I too am a conservative Christian but I do not hate anyone regardless of who they are. My sister is a lesbian, I love her regardless of her sexual orientation, I love her partner, she is a wonderful woman. They are happy, my sister is happy and that is what is important to me, not who she is or what her choices in life are. So why is it such a stretch to believe that Bristol is honest in her words when she says that her Christian beliefs don’t affect her feelings towards human beings on a humanity level.

    The Palin family is not unlike any other American family, they have their problems, challenges in life and they find a way to work through it together as a family verses the way most people these days do it. Most don’t try to pull their families together, they let it fall apart. I commend the Palins for supporting their daughter when she found out she was pregnant instead of turning their back on her. Just because young adults make mistakes does not give pause for parents to not be the same loving and caring people they were before the mistake, regardless of how they feel about the mistake and in the end the Palins did not alienate their daughter and they now have a beautiful grandson.

    In a perfect world I would love to see people take a hard look at themselves and see their own deficiencies in who they are and stop projecting it towards people they feel “deserve it” because they can’t admit that they are the ones that truly have a problem. I admit what my issues in life are, I face my problems, my family deals with issues openly and honestly. We are conservatives and we have values and morals. We are a Military family that has tolerance for everyone in life, even those who are so ignorant that they have to spend their spare time spewing hatred against others to make themselves feel better. Now enjoy spewing it at me because you have nothing better to do with yourself, because I do. I just happened upon this blog tonight after a few other sites and I wont come back to it.

    Bristol I love your mother, she is a fabulous example of a strong female role model and it shows in her daughter, continue to be who you are and let the hate roll off your back like water, it too eventually dries up and evaporates if simply ignored.

  • mike

    Bristol thank you for the video in another post I caught a moment ago…I for one couldn’t appriciate any trash talk toward you or your family…as for Bill Mar I actually honestly tried to give him a chance, him being a comedian they typically are rude, but when I heard him talking bad about you and your family I knew he was just sick and evil…as for my “republican” family not voting for your mom and disowning me AND not allowing me to vote for your mom…well, I left them far behind as the candlebox song goes.

  • Justamom

    Wow, Darklady, you are incredible but not in a good way.

  • Justanothermom

    Actually I beg to differ. Firstly there is nothing “Dark” about anyone in the Palin family. How can people who are always smiling and have a kind word for everyone be considered “Dark”? And quite frankly, if being happy all the time and being a good person is not “in a good way” I don’t know what is. Oh wait? Did she pick on your messiah? The only thing “dark” and “not in a good way” is Obama’s blatant party pandering and incredulously obvious racism, and ability to be a perfect hypocrite! You go Bristol! Show him for what he is!

  • Bonnie

    I have to say, you are a daughter to be proud of. I am so sick of the main stream media playing onto the hands of the corrupt DC liberal “elite”. THEY are the reason this country is in the mess it is. They are greedy, corrupt and liars! We need someone like your Mom in Washington to clean house! I voted McCain/Palin in 2008, and would again. Obama IS NOT my president and NEVER will be! Your son is adorable! And your little brother is a gift. My youngest grand son was born handicapped. He has Stickler’s Sydrome, which effects his hearing and eyesight. He wears glasses and hearing aides, and was born with a cleft palate. He spent most of his first 2 years in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with surgeries to correct the palete and a trache. He is almost 7 and in Kindergarten, and is a total joy! Keep your head up high and trust in the Lord. He will see you through anything. God Bless your family!

  • Alexis

    Thn don’t ge defensive when the democrats show the palins for what they are. A bunch of Racist pricks