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Willow Palin Uses Homophobic Slurs on Facebook

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As Sarah Palin gets closer to deciding whether or not she’ll run for president in 2012, something she told Barbara Walters she’s considering based on whether or not it’s a “good thing for the country, for the discourse, for (her) family,” she might want to consider whether or not it’s a good thing for her family members to be on Facebook.  Her 16-year-old daughter Willow was caught using homophobic slurs on Facebook this weekend, just as her mother’s reality show was setting records as the most watched premiere in TLC history.

A classmate of Willow’s named Tre posted a status update reading, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska, is failing soo hard right now.”  Palin’s eldest daughter, Bristol, was the first to respond.  She writes, “You’re running your mouth just to talk sh-t.”  Bristol quickly accuses Tre of only pretending he didn’t know what Dancing with the Stars was (aww, poor girl, I don’t know if I should laugh or cry about that) and then Willow begins to weigh in, adding, “your so gay” and “your such a faggot.”

I’m not sure what’s worse: the fact that the daughter of a vice presidential and possibly presidential candidate used two gay slurs in one thread, the fact that the daughter of V.P. candidate Palin doesn’t know the difference between you’re and your, or the fact that neither of those things surprise me in any way whatsoever.

The Huffington Post has the entire comment thread if you’d like to take a look.  Willow’s big sister Bristol apologized for both of their behavior in an update on her Facebook page today, in which she said, “(We) shouldn’t have reacted to negative comments about our family.  We apologize.”  Then she thanked everyone who is “supporting the great competition in Dancing with the Stars!”

Oh. My. God.

Gawker reports that gay conservative group GoProud has also come to Willow Palin’s defense.  In a statement, the breakaway Log Cabin Republicans commented about Willow’s choice language, saying, “The slur used here is one you could hear on the streets of West Hollywood or Chelsea every day of the week.  Apparently, it’s only a homophobic slur when it comes from the daughter of a conservative female leader.  Make no mistake; this is all about destroying Sarah Palin by any means necessary.”

Being someone who is up to my knees in all things glittery and gay, I can’t really argue with that logic, other than to say sure, you might overhear Chelsea Daddies calling each other homo, but that’s an acceptable part of their culture.  (Here’s a tip, Willow: it’s also okay for black people to use the n word.  If I were you, I wouldn’t try it.)  Then again, using homophobic and likely racist slurs is part of the culture in a town like Wasilla, Alaska.  I grew up in a largely poor, white, lower middle class town myself, and I heard all kinds of ugly words as a kid.  (And for the record, I used the word “gay” to describe things I thought were dumb just like everyone else I went to high school with – including my gay friends.)  Willow Palin is a product of her environment, which doesn’t excuse her behavior.  It just means that mama grizzly Sarah isn’t doing much in the way of grooming her cubs for the White House.  Which, for the country and the discourse, is probably a good thing.

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0 thoughts on “Willow Palin Uses Homophobic Slurs on Facebook

  1. goddess says:

    That’s the tihng. There’s is NO grooming whatsoever. We have vapid kids, one touting chastity over birth control after her own teenage pregnancy, Mama touting a pro-life message even in cases of fetal anomaly since SHE can do it (rah rah rah) EVERYONE should (loan us a nanny or few pulease), a crappy dancer on reality TV, ANOTHER reality TV show, and total lack of substantial disucssion of the issues and constitution. @@
    JUST what this country needs. Maybe she can have Glenn Beck for VPOTUS running mate!

  2. michele says:

    I don’t know why anyone is surprise about the spelling of “your”. Most everyone takes spelling shortcuts on Facebook and texting which leads me to wonder where our kids will be in 10 – 15 years writing business letters, etc. As for the gay slurs, they are NOT APPROPRIATE FROM ANYONE. I don’t care if everyone uses them or not. Doesn’t make it right.

  3. Gretchen Powers says:

    some Babble writers don’t catch the difference between your and you’re…this is a punk ass kid…who cares? there are way better reasons to forget about Sarah Palin…I mean, we already know she sucks as a mom, anyway

  4. Twintown says:

    FTR, many, many black people don’t think it’s okay for ANYONE to use the “n-word”, including us. The black community consists of more than a handful of rappers and teenagers. Your blanket statement here misses the mark, and will only contribute to keeping us divided.

  5. michelle says:

    We lived in a gay neighborhood for years and I hung out at a lot of gay bars and I never, ever heard those particular gay slurs tossed around. I have also never, ever heard a gay person say “you’re so gay” as a generalized insult. I think this gay conservative group is a bit too obsessed with maintaining their conservative credentials.

  6. Tim says:

    I have such a hard time deciding if Sarah Palin is an asshole or just a dumbass. Dumbasshole?

  7. Paul Christman says:

    Ultimately, the gay community is hardly going to lose any sleep over the opinions of a sixteen year old female punk with more breasts than brains, not that I have ever put forth a conscious effort to notice the anatomical graces of women of ANY age…..

  8. Francis says:

    Amazing to me that the media resort to using the unfortunate, ill-considered words of a young teenage girl in order to demonize her mother who happens to be a conservative. More appropriate would be for them to report Sarah Palin’s positions and let the public decide whether they are of like mind or no based on those positions. Besides, I wouldn’t consider FB the “go to” for worthwhile information.

  9. D3V0LV3R says:

    Newsflash. People talk that way all the time. Homosexuals need to get used to the fact that if you live an unnatural and unsanitary lifestyle, people are gonna make fun of you. Maybe not everyone says it, but everyone is thinking it. Gays can do whatever they want, except control what people think and say about them. Sorry. If you choose to be gay or Christian or whatever, people are gonna have an opinion. That’s life.

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