Real Life is NOT “Juno”

Ellen Page (L) in the hit film “Juno,” Bristol Palin with her baby brother Trig and Jamie Lynn Spears a few months back when she was pregnant at 16.

Jamie Lynn Spears sends gift to Bristol Palin:

If there’s one person who gets a pregnant teen, it’s Jamie Lynn Spears.

Britney Spears’ little sis is reaching out to Bristol Palin, the 17-year-old daughter of Sarah Palin, John McCain’s vice presidential pick.

A source close to the Beverly Hills baby store Petit Tresor tells exclusively that a gift from Plain Mary was sent to Bristol Palin on behalf of Jamie Lynn Spears.

An insider says it was actually Lynne Spears, Jamie Lynn’s mom, who called about the gift, and requested the gift come from her daughter.

“It was ordered by phone, and they asked what could be done for under $100. They spent $60 on pink burpcloths,” said the source.

Jamie Lynn Spears gave birth to her first daugther, Maddie Briann, in June, at the age of 17.

Now she just needs to go clubbing with Miley Cyrus and the circle will be complete. Perhaps Spears and Solange Knowles have a club Palin can join. Gah! Teen pregnancy is a SERIOUS issue. For every success story of a teen parent who makes it work and produces an exemplary citizen and scholar, there are the multitude of unwanted teen pregnancies that lead to children with poorer education, poorer living standards, poorer health care and poor parenting.

Not everyone is getting Barack Obama’s 18-year-old for a mother. A lot get an immature, confused person who makes a plethora of mistakes because they can’t/won’t give up the childhood they lost.

It’s a real problem! I’m not saying poor Bristol Palin and her boyfriend should be treated as a pariahs. In my mother’s day they put you out of school if you got knocked up. Both in high school and at the Christian college she attended in Little Rock, Ark. I don’t want to return to punishing girls for making a mistake, but I don’t want this to turn into one big celebration that leaves the impression that getting pregnant at 17 is a good thing if your parents push you to marry the father of the child.

And it’s doubly gross with John McCain using the meet-n-greet with the boyfriend on the tarmac as public relations. Even forcing the kid to shake his hand then oddly resting his hands on the both of them, squeezing them together as if he actually gives a damn about protecting either them from the drama unfolding.

I swore I never would resurrect this now hackneyed phrase, but by accepting McCain’s vice presidential invitation, Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin threw her daughter under the bus.

I can’t look at this whole “Desperate Housewives” saga without hearing Billy Idol in my head murmuring:

Hey little sister what have you done?
Hey little sister who’s the only one?
Hey little sister who’s your superman?
Hey little sister who’s the one you want?
Hey little sister shot gun!

It’s a nice day to start again.
It’s a nice day for a white wedding.
It’s a nice day to start again.

19 thoughts on “Real Life is NOT “Juno”

  1. i know this off topic but they released excerpts from sp’s speech. peep the slams about obama’s role as a community organizer. NO THIS BITCH DIDN’T!!! OH HELL NO!! i’m sorry but…i have no wordsPalin attacks Obama in convention speech44 minutes agoST PAUL, Minnesota (AFP) — Republican vice presidential pick Sarah Palin on Wednesday accused Democratic nominee Barack Obama of using the theme of “change” merely as a slogan to promote his political career.”Here’s how I look at the choice Americans face in this election,” the Alaska Governor said in excerpts of her speech to the Republican National Convention.”In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”Palin also defended her credentials to serve as vice president, saying she had entered grass roots local politics to improve the lives of her kids and then worked her way up the executive ladder.”Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown, and since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves,” Palin said in the excerpts.”I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”That was another swipe at Obama, as the Democratic nominee worked as a community organizer in Chicago after law school.Palin also lashed out at the media, which she blamed for fanning a clutch of controversies which have dogged her since Republican presumptive nominee McCain named her as his running mate last week.”I’m not a member of the permanent political establishment and I’ve learned quickly, these past few days, that if you’re not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.”But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion — I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”

  2. yep.. I found this reuters article written in the *past tense* about her speech and she hasn’t even spoken yet:“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”Sheesh! and after Obama defended that broad in the media too. I hope Mad Dog Joe puts both feet up her ass…btw, John McCain effed up by not picking Mike Huckabee… He’s the only one in that party with any speaking skills and an ounce of personality

  3. thank you! As someone who went to a high school where teen pregnancy rates were astronomical (I first found out a friend of mine was pregnant when we were 13, at NJHS induction ceremony practice), I know teen pregnancy is not cute nor is it fun. It’s hard, for everyone involved…and that fact seems to get glossed over in the “coverage” of coddled teen celebrities.

  4. we just need to be vigilant in getting people registered and voting for obama…they are already spinning this as sp being attacked as sexism…i know the obama camp is letting mcbush and palin hang themselves on the the rope, but the obama camp need to gut punch this chick…

  5. Just check out O’Reilly’s thoughts on teen pregnancy when it comes to Jamie Lynn Spears and contrast it with his thoughts on Bristol. With Bristol, it’s a private family matter (especially since they aren’t poor) and with Spears it’s a glorification of teen pregnancy…parents suck…yadda yadda yadda.

  6. i enjoyed “juno” too…and i’m sure sure the “juno” character knew how babies were made…unlike the wasilla hillbillies who apparently think babies come from immaculate conception..

  7. Biden has got a bitch to knock out.end of story. p.s. i don’t know why i let Rudy the Grinch’s speech get to me but he just about made me break sum furniture. it is SO SO SO disturbing listening to the hate of the speakers spewed and then the reaction of smiles and witch heckles from the audience. this is where all r damn taxes r goin??!?! makes me sick.i cant STAND Diddy. Hate him. But after watching this freak show, it truly feels like Vote or Die.

  8. I was watching The View and Joy Behar said that if this was two black kids, the Republicans would be calling them the every name under the sun, vilify the parents and use that as a reason for why abortion should be illegal and abstinence-only sex education should be implemented. I feel that way totally.When I was 15, my Dad sat me down and said “You better not come home pregnant” and from that point on, I knew what time it was. It does start at home. But there’s a benefit to sex education: Most parents can’t really talk about STIs and pregnancy is a concise way. I know so many girls who were kicked out of the house, moving from couch to couch, failing in school because they were sick every morning. THE PALINS PULLED BRISTOL OUT OF SCHOOL. Bristol is lucky as hell.

  9. IF Palin were doing her job as a mother **saw drunk pictures of daughter** maybe she would have been teaching her daughter how to use birth control instead of going hunting with the boys, getting her brother-in-law fired, or whatever she likes to do in her spare time. She has this ugly whiny voice and I don't care how she dresses it up, the shotgun wedding she wants for her daughter isn't going to make it any better. She can't even manage her own household and people want to put her second in command to the leader of the free world?? Making sex education mandatory at home should be her top priority, not running for office. I hate the double standards and hypocrisy that goes on in politics. Obama actually had the class and decency to tell the media to back off on this issue> I would bet that they wouldn't have done likewise if this were the other way around.

  10. Barack tells the media to back off her and that she has a compelling story.Her speech is her response to that good will.Barack can’t put her on blast because it would be “sexist”. HRC need to take her out.

  11. Alright, heres the deal. Here’s the issue/question I don’t see being argued…or perhaps I can offer a dimension that is underneath the fracas about Bristol’s pregnancy.Again, I’m going to use generalities and hope I am not heard as racist when using terms to describe ethnicity.For decades, black moms on welfare have been the subject of scorn and ridicule. Their decisions to “keep” their babies instead of having abortions aren’t seen as courageous, in fact, they have been seen as a deliberate effort to remain in the “hand out” position. (we dont need to go there when it comes to how rich white America sees black men in this scenario). Last night we heard very ugly talk about the poor, almost mocking them and shaming their status in ways that made me cringe. It showed a complete dismissal of the reality of poverty and its complexity and instead propped up the ignorant or flat out racist belief that the poor enjoy being poor.I find it ironic that the GOP takes dead aim on welfare moms and programs that “reward poor decisions”, but celebrates “life” when a white chick is knocked up. Talk of Jamie Lynn, Juno, whatever to me isn’t talking about teen pregnancy, its talking about white teenage sexual activity. If the GOP wants to get truly “pro life” and support these courageous teen mothers how do they then snub black mothers (and I think we can throw hispanics in the teen mom pot now too). The Dems have a good opportunity to put the GOP on the defensive and take advantage of the “frank” discussion they seem to want about abortion, “teen pregnancy” etc. They can turn this whole thing around to discuss welfare, the minimum wage, education and class without missing a beat. Extending or offering flex time to parents, paternity leave, increasing minimum wage, better health care….these are things that make giving life easier and need to be the platform of a Democratic “pro life” agenda. Again I just find it really interesting that the Palins are the picture of courage, while thousands of young Mom’s quietly enter adulthood “too early” and are seen very very differently. Are we to honestly believe that if Barack’s daughter was pregnant there would not be some subtle commentary on her race being a factor or that it predisposes her to promiscuity or early pregnancy?! You know we would….Lastly, the language of “teen pregnancy” truly bothers me….this isnt about some teen spontaneously giving birth! It puts the focus only on the mother when she was only partially responsible. The issue of “unwed mothers” is a bs dodge from discussing the true reality of teenage sexual activity across multiple class lines. Lets get the conversation moving there, anything else is a tabloid headline .

  12. “Let’s get the conversation moving there, anything else is a tabloid headline.” I sooooo prefer this kind of discussion. I would contend that outside of exaggerations, media-out-of-context-quotes, and tabloid headlines, the issue with welfare moms is about mothers with multiple children and a “culture” of acceptance of single-parenting, even at a young age.There is fine line between helping and enabling. A very fine and tough line to walk.Lastly, Juno’s story was cute, and happy. She did not try to raise the child herself but gave her up for adoption. There are stories like these in real life, and telling them once in a while is not that bad. I would agree that most stories of teen pregnancy are obviously not that cute.

  13. It is so obvious that that boy doesn’t want to marry that girl. I wonder how long this “wedding” story is going to last. It’s such a charade. What did they do, threaten his parents or something? maybe McCain offered to set them up for life. Poor kids. You’re right snob, she threw her kid under a bus.

  14. <>Lastly, the language of "teen pregnancy" truly bothers me….this isnt about some teen spontaneously giving birth! It puts the focus only on the mother when she was only partially responsible. The issue of "unwed mothers" is a bs dodge from discussing the true reality of teenage sexual activity across multiple class lines. Lets get the conversation moving there, anything else is a tabloid headline .Oh, I totally agree. This facade of “Abstinence” and “Conservatism” clearly didn’t do anything for her daughter because she got pregnant anyone,but the real issue is having teenagers be taught about how to use birth control and to fully understand the consequences if they don’t protect themselves. Forget pregnancy, what about AIDS or other STDs?? But people like Palin don’t believe in Sex Ed, and those are the types of people who end up with pregnant teenagers. I definitely agree that the double standard when it comes to race and class is totally in effect. I don’t think they are “Brave” at all, I think the Palins are stupid to CHOOSE to put themselves in the limelight when family drama is going on. I don’t know what the Christian conservatives are so afraid of when it comes to Sex Ed. I’m pretty sure their kids know something about sex– mainly the wrong info. Abstinence does not work with every teenager–open and honest communication is way more effective. There are more teen aged White girls having abortions and giving up their babies for adoptions than other minorities because they have the resources to make other choices like that compared to minorities who may not.

  15. Olethea – excellent post. In agreement 100%. White girls get pregnant – sympathy, support, protection, love.Non-white girls get pregnant – apathy, scorn, disdain, abandonment.

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