Margaret Cho Believes Bristol Palin Was FORCED To Do ‘Dancing With The Stars’


Margaret Cho, who competed this season on Dancing with the Stars, posted an entry on her official blog this week that claims that her fellow castmate Bristol Palin was forced to be on DWTS by her mother and ex-governor of Alaska Sarah Palin. Cho claims that she learned this information from a source “in the know” about Palin family matters and insists that Sarah Palin made Bristol compete on the show in an effort to make America “fall in love with her again” (presumably because America fell out of love with her after Bristol gave birth to a baby out of wedlock). Here are excerpts from Margaret Cho’s DWTS blogpost:

Why did Bristol do Dancing with the Stars? I heard from someone who really should know (really should seriously know the dirt really really) that the only reason Bristol was on the show was because Sarah Palin forced her to do it. Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly (in the circles that I heard it from) for not winning the election, and so she told Bristol she “owed” it to her to do DWTS so that “America would fall in love with her again” and make it possible for Sarah Palin to run in 2012 with America behind her all the way. Instead of being supposedly “handicapped” by the presence of her teen mom daughter, now Bristol is going to be an “asset” – a celebrity beloved for her dancing. I am sure the show wasn’t in on this (but who knows anything really).

HMMM … interesting … and 100% plausible. I did occur to me that the best way for Sarah Palin to capitalize on the most popular competitive reality TV program on the air would be to have her daughter compete on the show that she would never be able to do herself. If Palin ever does make a run for the Presidency, she would not be able to do so if she had lowered herself to appearing on a dance competition TV series … but her daughter, that’s another story. I not only believe Margaret’s assertion that Bristol was forced to do the show but it fortified the suspicions I already had.

So … what does Margaret Cho think about Bristol Palin personally? After the jump, find out …

Although I don’t agree with the family’s politics at all, I really like Bristol as a person. She’s warm and incredibly supportive, and I think that she looks beautiful out on the dance floor. It’s heartbreaking that people are so awful to her about her weight. I think she looks fantastic, and why does everybody think they have a right to comment on our bodies? What are young girls going to take away from that? If people call her fat what kind of impact does that have on women who have similar body types – which is most of us??!! Still, it is a dance competition, and so I am sure that people feel they have the right to judge bodies and not just ability. That’s just wrong. Bristol is learning. She improved a lot, in my opinion. Her tango was fierce and really the best dance she did. You really do learn to dance in this competition! I am proud of her for shaking her ass! But keep in mind there are other forces at work here and it’s not just for the love of dance.

Now I am scared I am going to wake up with a decapitated moose head in my bed.

What I love most about Margaret Cho, besides her insanely funny humor, is that she always tells it like it is. Just because she doesn’t agree with a person’s politics, she can still be honest about liking the individual as a person. I also absolutely believe her assertion about Bristol being forced to do DWTS for her mother’s gain. Will the Palins ever admit this as true? Never. Is there anyway to prove that this is true? No. Still … it’s not all that difficult to believe, not one bit. I think it’s brave of Margaret to share her beliefs on this matter … don’t you? What do YOU think about Margaret’s blogpost?


  • You go Margaret Cho! I’m glad she said something, and not in a nasty-fueled way. She backs Bristol up and shows us that the poor girl is being used by the Palin machine. Bristol seems like a really sweet girl who unfortunately succumbed to pressure and has gracefully handled the consequences, despite her mother’s meddling. I say, good for her for improving so much on DWTS! It’s nice to see a curvy girl in some non-stripper outfits on the dance floor :)

  • DJ Vegas

    When exactly did we “love” Bristol Pailin again? I don’t remember that ever happening.

  • nicole

    i totally believe it. i feel bad for Bristol..i really do. too bad we cant pick our parents.

  • Diane

    Ridiculous. But I’m glad Cho said nice things about BP instead of mean. Way too much negativity in the media in general already.

  • Jennifer

    I never understood why Bristol was on DWTS….what makes her a *star*??? So this theory makes sense, I suppose…..I loved Margaret on the show, wish she’d have lasted longer.

  • lily

    Go Cho! She was very classy here … she could have gone negative but she looked at Bristol as a person. I’m no sympathizer to Bristol, she makes her own foolish decisions, but it’s nice to see Cho staying classy.

  • QN

    She’s definitely implying her source is Bristol. It’s great that they got close enough for Bristol to complain about mom, but man, is she gonna get it from Mama Bear! Bristol’s barely out of teenage, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she exaggerated her woes to get sympathy from Margaret and she’ll deny it all to minimize troubles with Sarah. Is she even living on her own yet?

    • @QN — “She’s definitely implying her source is Bristol.” I totally agree.

  • Amanda G

    And we are supposed to be surprised by this news? Mama Palin is gonna be maaaaad LOL

  • krissy

    I used to be indifferent and kind of supportive of Bristol. She is not her Mom (who I disagree with in so many ways), and IMO she was used by her Mom during the GOP convention. I had sympathy for that. However, I have gotten really irritated by the way Bristol talks negatively about “Hollywood” aka the entertainment industry, when she is trying to very hard to be a part of it. If you don’t like celebrity, don’t announce your engagement on the cover of Us Weekly before you tell your Mom. If you don’t like celebrity, don’t “act” on Secret Life of an American Teenager. If you don’t like celebrity, don’t go on a show where being a celeb is a fundamental requirement (it is in the title!)

    She might be a sweetie underneath it all, but she still has a lot of maturing to do. Her mom seems to be teaching her that the easiest route in life is to play the victim. I can’t believe Sarah tried to turn Willow’s slurs against the gay community into an attack her brother Trig. I can’t believe she didn’t say clearly that calling people f*gg*** is a bad thing. I have hope for Bristol, but there are aspects of her behavior that are cause for concern.

  • Hannah

    People seem to hate the Palins but keep giving them attention by creating controversy and writing stories about them. This is what they want. Attention. Personally I don’t give a crap about the Palins politically (doubt she will run and don’t want her to) and wish they would fade into obscurity, but the hatred for this family is unfathomable to me. Like the death threats over DWTS and the outcry because she was popular. Forget about them and they lose the power.

  • JimmyD

    What kind of connections does Palin have to make sure her daughter would get on the show??


    Bristol, on her own, is still annoying. I hate how she speaks out against teen mom’s and that they’ll go nowhere because they’re not her (e.g. not famous) so therefore they’ll just be rejects. Plus, Bristol got paid like, $300,000 or something for DWTS! I’m sure that helped her out, too. It’s ridiculous.

  • Andi

    @Chase, there is nothing wrong with Bristol Palin speaking out against teen pregnancy at all, I say good for her for trying to prevent other young girls from taking a harder path than necessary. I had my daughter at 19 and there is no way I would advocate ANYONE having a child in their teens, I love my daughter but it’s hard and I had to grow up very very quickly. Also Bristol is right, most girls are not like her. Most teen moms do not have the support of their family (monetary or otherwise), and do not have any involvement with the baby’s dad, even if it is just money support. Most teen moms aren’t like me either. Like Bristol I have great support from my family as far as money goes, and I can’t speak for Bristol on this one but I have great moral support and child care support from my family and my daughter’s father and I are still together and he is totally involved in her life. The odds of other teen moms being so lucky are about a million to one. Because I have such wonderful support I have been able to stay in school and now I am on my way to medical school. Most teen moms have little to no support and cannot continue with their education, so condemning Bristol for saying that “most teen moms are not like her” is very ignorant and unfair. Bristol is right, most aren’t like her. In all likelihood life will be harder for other teen moms, situations like Bristol Palin’s or like mine are not the rule, we are the exception and what makes the difference is support. Advocating for young girls to be proactive in taking care of their bodies, health and preventing unplanned pregnancy is awesome, good for Bristol! And good for her for making that much money on DWTS, would you rather she be getting social assistance to support her baby? She is making her own money, legally, and supporting herself and her son, why is that a bad thing? Why is that “ridiculous”, perhaps you should try to imagine what it’s like to be a teen mom before you judge one.

  • Cho is a worthless piece of shit – I don’t believe a word out of her mouth. Even if I did, why does she feel the need to share this “insider information”? Trying to suck out a little more attention from Dancing with stars? There’s nothing wrong with that, but when you drag other people into your quest for the spotlight…that’s just unclassy

  • Me

    I love Margaret Cho, LOVE. But I think it’s lame of her to “blow the whistle” on a relationship between a mother and a daughter like that. Even if Sarah Palin made Bristol do it, Bristol gave in and did it. She is her own person and in the end it WAS her decision no matter what. Besides, my mother and every other person on earth’s mother has made their children do a lot of stuff they didnt want to do. Thats why being a mom is fun. No one, not even Margarets “really really really in the know” person knows what the true nature of their relationship is. Even if Bristol herself told her, that is one sided, so its silly to judge anything based on that. PLUS its only Dancing With The Stars for Christ’s sake, she didnt send Bristol over to Abu Gharib to prove it’s a nice place to stay.

    And also, does anyone actually care?

    Also, Palin probably wont run…here comes Jeb!!!