In the newest reality TV bomb Life’s a Tripp, Sarah Palin kisses a handgun which she receives for her 48th birthday, but this should come as no surprise for a woman who loves her metaphors with guns.
The Palin matron clearly upstages the show’s main subject, Bristol, although she obviously tries to stay in the background, during the few scenes towards the end of the show, when the family is celebrating her birthday. What is it about Sarah Palin and the camera that loves her? Even when she does kiss her pretty new handgun, she looks fab.
That’s because Sarah Palin is not afraid to be all-woman and all-mom while kissing and shooting those guns, of which she has a formidable collection. And this is why Bristol swoons over her, calling Sarah the best mom in the world. Really, she is. She wants Bristol to get out there and succeed, which is why she insists on staying very much in a supporting role on her daughter’s show. It is admirable, and it’s not her fault if the camera magnet seeks her out.
The show’s overall theme seemed to be the importance of family – and the importance, specifically, of dads, as the episode comes back to the theme of Levi’s absence from Tripp’s life. Willow and Bristol squabble over Bristol’s lack of discipline in bringing up Tripp, and the boy is shown getting into typical 3-year-old mischief and defiance. The family patriarch, none other than Todd Palin, steps into the fray and lays down the ground parenting rules for Bristol, reminding her that her mother Sarah would take on both the nurturing and the disciplining of the children when he was gone on his weeklong job assignments.
If there were ever any doubts about Todd’s presence, role and importance in the Palin hierarchy, those doubts were put to rest during the episode. One word out of him and you know that you don’t mess with Todd, people. He lays down the law and the rule, no doubt about it. He tells Bristol to get off her pity horse and off the couch and do something – like, right now. He is the power behind the pretty face that is Sarah Palin, the political figure, make no mistake.
The Palin clan is an interesting conservative counterpoint – or perhaps complement – to that other conservative reality television mega-clan, the Duggars. Both families seem to be indelibly following a set of rules and lifestyle trajectories etched in stone and not up for debate. Perhaps that is what can be said to define conservative – a complete disregard for questioning the status quo. It is also what makes for the dismal ratings. If there are no questions, there can be no searching. The end.
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