My New DWTS Publicity Photo Causes Controversy… Of Course

Dancing With the Stars recently released our new publicity photos!  This one, of me and my partner Mark Ballas, is my favorite!

I guess I should be used to this by now, but – of course – even this publicity photo has caused controversy with an article called, “Bristol Palin’s ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Gun Pose Shocks after Theater Massacre:”

Her photograph is disturbing and gives a moment of disbelief as she emulates her fingers into a gun pose and appears to be blowing on it with her professional dance partner Mark Ballas doing the same. Obviously reflecting the statement of the “smoking gun,” it’s unbelievable it was released to the public… This gun pose has been used in movies for decades and rappers use it all the time, but times have changed. Only recently a gunman barged into a theater in Aurora, Colorado and killed 12 people and injured 58 others. Since the July 20th shooting, the public has needed a break from the intensity of imaginary gun images as the real ones are all too harsh.


This had nothing to do the Colorado shootings, and it’s really offensive that the lame-stream media is trying to link a dancing competition photo to a horrible shooting.

This is just another part of the effort to make guns evil, and I wasn’t even holding a gun!

All across America citizens use their guns to protect themselves.  If you don’t think a gun can even the odds, and help even the helpless become more powerful than their attackers, check out this video:

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  • donna kling

    The Bible says to worry when all men speak good of you…..Blessings to you and your family. So you’re doing great.

  • Piscean Gal

    “This is just another part of the effort to make guns evil, and I wasn’t even holding a gun!” I don’t know how it is in ALASKA, but here in the lower 48, at least MY area, kids cannot even “PLAY” guns like you appear to be doing.

    what’s more interesting is, this photo reminds me of the “Cross hairs” photo your mom put up, and Gabby Giffords was shot. You and Mark posing like this, is like saying, you’re going to “shoot” your opponents out of the competition…not a cool thing, especially when that old man that couldn’t stand you, shot his tv, when you were on the first time.

    It’s sad that you don’t think of these things before you do them…..

    • Truth101

      The crosshairs was on a district on a map. The same crosshairs that dems have been using for years to target certain district for elections.

      The lunatic that shot Giffords had been stalking her for years. He was a left wing kook.

      What makes you think the way you think? Where did you go wrong in life?

    • Rainy

      I am wondering what you are teaching your children? That are people are good? That there is no evil in the world and no need to protect yourself? I live in the lower 48. My children grew up playing with plastic guns and when old enough, learned what a real gun was, took a hunter safety course, and learned how to handle them properly. They both grew up to be extremely successful young men.

      To associate Bristol’s photo with real life shootings is absurd. You had to make a VERY wide left turn to even get there. I feel sorry for your children. They won’t know what it is like to grow up with an imagination. Obviously they are not allowed to play cowboys. Or star wars. Or Indiana Jones. Safari Hunter? Policeman?

      Please think before you speak. Bristol, I know you are a strong young lady. Thank you for representing Christians in a positive light. You have come a long way. There have always been haters in the world. Keep your head high and dance your rear off! God Bless.

  • Becky

    Bristol, don’t listen to them. I live in Aurora, CO and I was affected by the shootings. When I just now saw your picture, I in NO way linked that to the tragedy that rocked our city. Best of luck to you on DWTS, can’t wait to vote for you! :)

  • Tom

    The writer of that ridiculous article you quote needs to focus attention where it belongs–on those rappers she mentions! You see, they don’t just make the pose, they use the real things on each other if for no other reason than jealousy over bling-bling. It’s part of their corrupt, inferior culture. That, not a pose like yours, is what needs suppression.

    • Sarah Sass

      You seem very informed and extremely intelligent.

      I hope you are in a position of power.

  • Katie

    I would like to point out that the news clips talks about PEOPLE shooting other people. It doesn’t say a gun walked into a theater and started firing on the audience. Don’t get me wrong, I feel horrible for what has happened when PEOPLE shoot others. It is the person carrying the gun that does the damage. I would also like to say SERIOUSLY people they are just fingers. And to add to the positives of guns being a protection, an Oklahoma woman shot at two men who had broke into her house where she and her baby were. I would like to hear what these people, who are so against guns, would have their loved ones do if they were in a similar situation.

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    • http://google mildred

      Bristol I see nothing wrong with your photo just a very beautiful lady .Ignore all the negative comments and dance your butt off will be pulling for you good luck !!!

  • Bo

    Okay, so your picture created controversy. Isn’t that what you live for, sweetpea? You don’t have to pout and stomp around and wave your hands. Mission accomplished, babycakes! Why is it that you and your parents are so starved for attention that you have to say and do stupid things constantly?

    • retlaw

      “Sweetpea”? “Babycakes”? Sounds like you’re trying to make her feel bad for being female. The women in your life must be some lucky ladies!

  • Christina

    Sweetheart, you could be feeding a starving orphan and they would find something wrong with it.

  • Avery

    Couldn’t you just as easily have been blowing kisses with your fingers? Come on people… ridiculous!

  • Liz

    Bristol – don’t worry about what the left-wing media is trying to do to you or say about you. After the theater shooting, gun sales skyrocketed in Aurora. If just one person had been armed that night, not as many people would have been killed or injured. It’s our right.