Bristol Palin: Well-Paid Teen Mom Role Model or Overpriced Bad Example?

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Word's out that Bristol Palin, America's favorite teen mom, has signed on with Single Source Speakers at $15,000 to $30,000 per lecture.

Whoa, that sort of blows her job in a physician's office out of the Alaskan waters.

Sure, teen moms everywhere need a good role model for success after facing an early and unexpected pregnancy. But is Bristol going to serve as such or is she just an overpriced bad example?

According to AP, Bristol Palin, 19, is listed on the speaking group's website as available for conferences, fundraisers, special events, and holidays, as well as women's, youth, abstinence, and "pro-life" programs.

Yeah, so I see what her message is going to be; however, how many sexually active teens are going to get the right message from Bristol Palin? I mean, isn't the message here: Look at me. I didn't abstain and I'm making a boatload of cash because of it?

Or maybe the message is: Teen motherhood ain't that bad. I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and do the speaker circuit -- all while being a teen mom!

And that's leaving out the obvious part about her celebrity family "connections" (mom Sarah Palin reportedly gets $100,000 plus airfare for her appearances).

Maybe we should, instead, be financing talks and lectures -- in amounts that are equal to or more than the annual salaries of many Americans -- from teen moms who don't or didn't always have it so good, whose lives don't look quite this easy. Maybe that's the message we should be paying for here because maybe that's the story that teen moms are facing more often in this country.

I guess it all depends on what message we're trying to get out to teen girls here.

Family attorney Thomas Van Flein said he believes Bristol's interested in expanding her message beyond teen pregnancy to include her experiences on the campaign trail and in the media spotlight; her parenting approach; and her outlook on life.

What do you think of Bristol Palin's newest cash cow? Is her message worth that kind of dough?


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frysh... fryshannon34

Bad example just like her mother

usmom3 usmom3

I was a teen Mom & I would speak to the youth of America for free if I thought they would listen to me, I don't think they will listen to her any better then they would me!

RanaA... RanaAurora

Riiiight.  She's now so out of touch with reality (most teens don't make $15,000 in a whole YEAR on their jobs) that no one is going to give a flying @*$! what she says, but they WILL see a glorified teen mom.  The exact opposite of what she is trying to preach.

nonmember avatar AKRNC

The idea of Bristol trying to tell young girls not to have sex prior to marriage  is a joke.  It has been nothing but lucrative for her.  What young girl is going to see the reality of the situation?  Instead, they see her on TV, partying in NY clubs, making a ton of money without benefit of an education.  This is such a repulsive idea on so many levels.  If her Mother had any common sense, she'd finance her college education since she can well afford it rather than trying to run a quick buck while the iron is hot. 


Having heard her on television, she's not ready for speaking in public without a great deal of training.  She can barely string words together to form a coherent sentence, much like her mother.  This family has preyed on the American public long enough, can't they just go away?  PLEASE??

nonmember avatar Dexter Jones

I do think that Bristol Palin is a good example of teaching teens about abstinence. Wasn't she supposed to be practicing abstinence all along? Beside abstinence is not really the answer and all the statistics show you that this is true. There is only one answer and that is celibacy and there is a difference between abstinence and celibacy. Some teens do not engage in sexual intercourse right off and they are practicing abstinence which is defined as abstaining from sexual intercourse. However, they are engaging in oral sex and when you do this for a period of time it will eventually lead on to sexual intercourse. The definition of celibacy is to abstain from all FORMS of sexual activity. Even when Bristol was not engaging in sexual intercourse maybe at one time I guarantee you they were engaging in oral sex and this eventually led to sexual intercourse. So her going about teaching abstinence is not the answer, she will just be getting paid to make a speech but she is only presenting half-truths and half-truths is more dangerous than no truth at all because it gives you the idea that you're doing something right but it has no substance in it to fulfill the promise.

nonmember avatar kj

Has anyone even heard what she has to say--what her message is? Just becaus eyou don' tlike her mom don't discount her messgae. Teen mom's who endure the hard challenges of life and admit they made a mistake can be great motivators!

nonmember avatar Jake

Who is the worse example: Bristol Palin making a good living to support herself and her child by speaking in front of people who want her to or her critics and the hypocrisy their attitudes reflect.  I'm guessing that if you were to ask these critics if they think professional athletes get paid way too much, they'd say yes.  I'm also guessing that if asked if they were a professional athlete, if they would refuse the big money they might be offered, they'd say no. 


If Bristol Palin, an unwed mother, had no other options than to work at menial jobs making a pittance, would critics be more satisfied?  This is a clear case of let the market decide.  If there are groups out there that think her take on teen pregnancy and unwed motherhood will resonate with their audiences and think thousands of dollars makes for a reasonable fee, then since this is still a free country,they should do business together.  I highly doubt that when Ms. Palin got pregnant it was with making a lucrative income based upon hitting the speaking circuit in mind.

nonmember avatar Cathy

Palin's message is like putting the cart before the horse!  I've heard her message and it isn't worth the notes in her palm that she's using!  If you're to be an example, you shouldn't have gotten pregnant.  Why would teens want to listen to her.  They would say,  "Is this a matter of do what I say, not as I do"?


Both she and her Mom needs to keep a low profile because they are not too smart!

Carey... Carey2006

Well, Chelsea Clinton got 7 figures for her job so I guess it's to politician kids pay scale...but I'm not sure her message is one that we would want our children to hear coming from her cuz the bottom line is she did not abstain & life as a single young/teen mom is NOT easy!!!!

RanaA... RanaAurora

Jake, would people be more satisfied if Bristol actually had to deal with reality before she tried to preach it to others?  Yeah, we just might.


And yes, professional atheletes get paid too much.  Millionaires for catching a ball.  Yet our teachers sometimes have to pick up extra jobs to get by.  Hmm.  However, I don't see how that's even related unless you're pointing out how in a recession, idiots are still hoarding undeserved fortunes?

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