Don’t Blame Tripp Palin For Swearing, Blame His Influences
4:15 pm, July 23rd | by Laura Donovan
Yet 3-year-old Tripp Palin, the adorable doe-eyed blond offspring of reality star Bristol, is facing some scrutiny for uttering a bad word during a recent episode of his mother’s show. Early reports claimed the youngun’ called aunt Willow a “f-ggot,” but Mama Bear Bristol set the record straight Monday with a blog post on what her child really said:
As I’ve said before, I sometimes struggle to raise Tripp. However, he does NOT use slurs. On the most recent episode of Life’s a Tripp, the Huffington Post is reporting that my son said the word “f-gg-t.” This is not true. Let me be clear. I’m not proud of what he did say. Sadly, he used a different “f word.”
And, as to be expected, everyone seemed to have an opinion on that too. Alan Colmes wrote of the story update:
“Life is a Tripp” showrunner Matt Lutz says he was in the room, and little Tripp Palin wasn’t insulting his aunt by saying “f-ggot.” It was the f-word that the little angel uttered. If true, we can all be relieved that it wasn’t a homophobic slur, but rather just a word for sexual intercourse that the three-year old sprayed out.
What can a person gain by going after a child who is barely old enough to formulate a sentence? I find myself asking a similar round of questions with regards to the folks who love belittling Suri Cruise, who has a few more years on Tripp but is often treated like the anti-Christ. Things are especially tough for little Tripp though, as he has been put in the public eye in a way Miss Cruise hasn’t by virtue of the fact that he’s on a reality series. We’re watching him grow up on television, I’ll even venture to say in a “Truman Show” manner (at least until he’s mature enough to fully understand what’s going on), so why would anyone criticize him for saying something he probably doesn’t totally understand? As Bristol said herself, Tripp is constantly around grown-ups, and all that exposure is sure to rub off on him at some point, for better or for worse:
Lifetime filmed over 12 months (on and off) and they caught a moment on film that would cause any parent to be red in the face. Tripp is always surrounded by adults – around the campfires with cousins and their friends, at the shop with my dad and his snowmachine buddies. He’s apparently picked up some language that I’d prefer he not use. On national television or at home.
I do oppose gay marriage, as I’ve written about before (and the HuffPo points out). I guess the temptation to label my three year old son is just too great for the lefty papers to resist.
Let’s not be so quick to assume the toddler knew what he was doing when he cursed. And why is the concept of a kid swearing considered funny in the sitcom context yet reprehensible in real life? Judging from the clip, which features Tripp throwing a tantrum for being denied a trip to the pool, he has some bratty moments. The same can be said about tons of other people in our country, and not all of them grow up to be raging jerks, so when it comes to Tripp, get a grip, remember that he hasn’t chosen this life for himself, and give the kid a break. You can’t make a character assessment on a 3-year-old, but if that’s about to change, then being a kid is so not what it used to be.