Advocate or Hypocrite? Bristol Palin's New PSA
The new PSA from the Candie's Foundation:
First things first: The message here (that teens should "pause" before they "play" – which I think means put a condom on before they bone) is a good one. Teens, if you're reading this, please do think about the potential consequences prior to getting sexy (this goes for you adults, too). However, this message is obscured by at least two things.
1. Bristol Palin is basically saying that because she's privileged, it's fine for her to have an unplanned pregnancy. Poorer, unluckier folks? Not so much. Because she's got a Young Republicans suit on and a swank apartment, we can support her decision to have a baby as a teenager (or at least feel OK about it). But those scary underprivileged teens better grab some condoms – stat!
What do you think? Is the honesty depicted here (because hey, let's face it: life is easier in many ways for privileged teens, pregnancy or no pregnancy) refreshing, or patronizing? Is Bristol Palin an effective spokesperson because of her firsthand experiences? Does she come across as a hypocrite after her whole "Choose Life!" campaign? Discuss.
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