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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  • Rebecca Davis

    You are so beautiful! So happy that you and Mark are dancing again! I think this photo ROCKS!

  • Lee

    Bristol, beautiful picture of you and Mark!!! You, go girl and have lots of fun. Ignore the critics and the green eye monsters. Like you said often, they are going to criticize you in a negative way no matter what you do. Many others like myself will be cheering you all the way!!!

  • blackbird

    Bristol, to be honest at first I had not noticed the gun pose.

  • Nan

    Bristol I am old could be your great grandma but I love you and your family. Especially your mom. You look gorgeous and fantastic go for it. Dont worry about what people say a waste of time and energy. I am so happy to see you back cant wait I know you will be fantastic. You have matured into a beautiful woman.

  • Kim Castro

    Its sad that these losers must find something to criticize instead if how amazing you look. I can’t wait to see the Ballas-Palin Team in competition with the best of the best! Blessings to you Bri !!!!

  • Felicity

    Bristol, even if you’d had your hair in pigtails and been holding a lollipop, the LSM would have found something to criticize. As you said about your first season on DWTS, they’re going to criticize you no matter what you do, so enjoy the time and I’m rooting for you.

  • Dan Oblak

    I’m sorry (to both you and my wife…); but I didn’t even notice your fingers — the detractors must be impervious to femine charms. Good luck and have fun!

    • Dan Oblak

      Why is there never spell check when I’m in a hurry?!??! ‘Feminine’.

  • RUAS

    Bristol…just ignore the “naysayers”…they will never like you and who cares? You and your family are the greatest and we support you completely…I post your mom’s posts all the time on my social network devoted to “lift up a standard for the people”…Isaiah 62:10…we need more Christians like your family who will take a stand in these days. Keep up the good work and don’t be distracted by the “naysayers” they are just very jealous of you and your entire family. Goes with the territory of being a Leader!

  • Charley

    Bristol, darlin’, ignore the idjits! They are ordered to find something negative about you by their owners. You’re beautiful and you’ll do great. We are “rooting” for you, Sweetie!