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Does Bristol Palin Promote Teen Pregnancy?

The cast of the next season of Dancing With the Stars has been announced and includes a number of D-listers like Jersey Shore’s The Situation and David Hassellhoff. Also on the roster: Bristol Palin. But why?

Bristol’s claims to fame are (in no particular order):
-Having a famous mother.
-Having a child while still a teenager.
-Being engaged to Levi Johnston, breaking the engagement, getting engaged, breaking the engagement and intermittently having very pubic feuds with him.

Lots of children of famous people have managed to make a living off of who their parents are, like Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie, but there are few that come from political families or that have managed to capitalize on nepotism so quickly. What really seems to be propelling Bristol forward is her teen pregnancy. Just look at this June 2009 cover of People, one of the many magazines the young mom has graced.

Bristol gained momentum by becoming a spokesperson for teen abstinence for the Candies Foundation. She got plenty of media opportunities and a nice paycheck for her work. Isn’t this a reward? How is this showing the negative aspects of teen pregnancy? What about the teen mother’s without any support, no paycheck, stuck on the street and stuck with diaper and food bills they can’ pay?  Isn’t this a better and more realistic lesson for teens to be exposed to?

Take a look at this PSA and tell me if you don’t think more than impressionable teen said “Whoa, if I have a baby, I get my own apartment and don’t have to go to school!”

And now there is her gig with DWTS. Is she a “star?” By any sense of the term? Or is she a teenager that we are now lauding with praise and wealth and fame for no particular reason other than she got pregnant and had a horrible relationship with an equally fame-seeking person? What does this tell the youth of America?

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