On Second Thought: Episode Two

Trust me, it’s crazy to see your life on television. That’s why every week, I’m going to do a blog posts called “On Second Thought.” These posts are where I will go over the episodes of my Lifetime show as I process the issues presented now that I’ve seen them aired.  I hope you’ll join me for these weekly posts – which will undoubtedly be part-confession, part-explanation, and part-celebration of my life right now!

Episode Two, Air Date: June 19, 2012

Okay, so by now you’ve seen the footage of my argument with the guy in the bar.  And by now you know I’m being sued over it.  So I probably shouldn’t write much about this encounter right now as my lawyers work on my defense.

I will say this, however.  As soon as that awful confrontation was over, I called my friend and my mom.  I’m blessed to have these people in my life.  I’m fully aware that there are many people in this world who face troubles without a loving support system.  So thanks, guys.

However, please come back to my blog after the next episodes for my “On Second Thought” blog posts.  Trust me – I won’t hold back on the next ones!

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  • Sue Lynn

    Hey Bristol hang in there! Prayer’s for you and your family go out daily. We love you and your wonderful family. Looking forward to your next show!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Peter S Gerardi

    Be Strong Bristol! You are an amazingly strong and brave person!!!

  • blackbird

    I know you have heard this a million time but I will say it, you’ve got to be careful out there Bristol, please just walk away from these types of confrontations, although I have not seen your argument with the guy in the bar this situation from what little I know could have turned bad you must walk away.

  • Chris


    First off…I looked up the YouTube full video of it, and it was nearly identical to the TV show version, so I was glad to see it wasn’t edited for “entertainment” purposes. Kudos to you and your show for being real and not editing in fake drama.

    Secondly…I really don’t see how you did anything wrong. The guy instigates the confrontation by defaming your mother, completely unprovoked. You called him out on it, and he had nothing to stand on. I applaud you for calling him out, but I do agree with the previous comment that these people are going to continue to bait you into these types of situations. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was a plant there to do exactly that. You do have to be careful with how you respond. I think, given the circumstances, you handled yourself beautifully and defended your family in the best possible manner.

    I’m shocked to see that you’re being sued. Any judge who agrees to hear this case is clearly looking for publicity because I don’t have a clue what evidence could be produced to demonstrate grounds for a lawsuit. If anything, you could counter-sue for defamation of character. However, you’ll be the bigger person, I’m sure, and not go there.

    Regardless, I really do respect what you are doing, and I wish you the best of luck going forward. We have two young kids and we ask ourselves all the time how single parents maintain their sanity. Keep your head above water and above the filth that you’ll encounter. Rise above!

  • Valentine

    Wait, he’s suing YOU for widely publishing something he did that resulted from being under the influence? As a mature adult? How ironic….
    Your DWTS partner was right about why you are so popular among us normal people. If your hard-working cheerful attitude didn’t win us over, you keeping it up through all the haters have thrown at you is almost enough to land you sainthood. Keep it up Bristol! This country needs more people like you, even with all the faults and struggles you face. Keep looking to God, but don’t forget to take care of yourself! God Bless!

    • section9

      He’s suing Palin because Bristol’s producers used his 15 Minutes of Fame on her show without him and, more importantly, his attorney, getting any swag from her show.
      This isn’t about defamation, this is about money. If his attorney is stupid enough to actually take this to trial without trying to angle for some sort of Out of Court Settlement so he takes a Cash Prize and walks away smiling, then Angry Gay Person has a Fool for a Lawyer.

      • http://www.owespirit.com Sherry

        I agree. It’s about his 15 minutes and gaining from it financially. I don’t know the laws in this area, but isn’t it likely that this guy signed a release with Lifetime to air this section of footage? And if not by unusual chance, shouldn’t it be the network or production group he’s attempting to sue? This has HIS loss all over it. Silly waste of everyone’s time and money.

      • Valentine

        Right. I know exactly how this works. And guess who wins either way? The lawyers. It’s sickening…. I wouldn’t be surprised if a lawyer walked up to him and had to convince HIM that he could come out ahead, rather than verse visa.

        And he didn’t sue the network or production because doing so would be stupid. They have armies of lawyers for that kind of thing, and any predatory lawyer would know better than to try it. I think he was hoping that public opinion would bring out the lynch mob and force a settlement. He was very wrong.

    • Anonymous

      Popular with “normal” people? BWWAAAAHHAAAAAA!

      • Valentine

        Funny you should say that. Normally I pride myself in not being “normal.” However, in this case it is a fact of statistics. Those who hate her are VERY much in the minority in this country. That and they’re delusional because “how DARE someone more popular than me have a different set of opinions than me!!” She’s definitely not normal compared to typical lamestream TV personalities, however. I’ll give you that.

  • name

    I secretly hope my own kids would defend me if someone ever called me nasty things ,at the same time, I also don’t want them fighting strangers lol. :)You love your mom, ain’t nothing wrong with that! I love my mom the same way and I probably would have done the same thing!!! Lots of people will say, you should of done this or that… I say, “it is what it is.”

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  • Susan

    This stranger started the confrontation with you when he shouted a denigrating comment to you about your former relationship with Levi.
    Why has this man not been called out for his anti-heterosexual bullying?

  • bellagrazi

    Bristol, I’ve seen this encounter more than a few times and it’s still difficult to watch. You were just out with your friends having a good time when this guy ruined your night by verbally attacking you. And now he’s got the gall to sue you?! Absolutely sickening. He’s just embarrassed because you humiliated him in public by exposing the fact that he had absolutely no good reason to hate your mom. I’m really sorry you had to go through something like that, Bristol, but it showed how fiercely you defend your family. We’re proud of you, BP! The scene in the parking lot was absolutely gut-wrenching. I’m so glad that you have such strong support from Gino, your mom and all your family and friends. You are blessed, Bristol.

    • Jellybean

      Just out having a good time, ya, sure. With cameras rolling catching the whole incident. And wasn’t she 20 years old when this happened? And she was drinking in a bar? O.K. But, of course, that’s o.k. with the Palin posse.

      • Valentine

        Lol, it was a restaurant with a bar. Ever heard of those? They sometimes even have food. Usually dead animals and the like.

        • Jellybean

          She was in the bar wiseass. M-u-s-t de-f-e-n-d t-h-e p-a-l-i-n c-l-a-n.

  • Megan

    I watched it on Lifetime. I grimaced the whole time because, as someone who is 100% on your side, it was apparent all this guy wanted was air time and y’all gave it to him. I’m sorry it happened, but the best way to handle it would have been to walk away – as I’m sure you know since hindsight is 20/20.

    Bristol, you’re a good person, and a follower of Christ. I hope that all your decisions continue to be influenced by Christ. I read a quote this morning that explains everything, “Returning good for good is human, but returning good for evil is divine.” I’m not sure who said/wrote it, but it’s truth.