12 Dec 18
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Bristol Palin is no stranger to reality TV, or to going on interviews and social media to air her personal dramas, or to dish dirt on her ex-husband, Dakota Meyer.
So it’s interesting that the 28-year-old veteran of “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” and “Dancing With the Stars” apparently is unhappy about the reality of being on a reality TV show, in this case MTV’s “Teen Mom OG.”
Or maybe she regrets some of her own choices on Season 7. Palin’s stint has included her complaining about Meyer, a former Marine and Medal of Honor recipient who suffers from PTSD, and facing his accusations that she likes to stir up drama for the cameras.
Most disturbingly, “Teen Mom OG” presented a scene last week of her prodding her 9-year-old son Tripp to reveal to the cameras how he feels about her divorce from Meyer.
“I’ll support you in whatever you wanna do.” 💞 Bristol is having a talk with Tripp about his relationship with Dakota after the split on tonight’s new #TeenMomOG. pic.twitter.com/FkVzHkUtlc
— #TeenMomOG (@TeenMom) December 3, 2018
Tripp, incidentally, is the son of Palin’s ex-boyfriend Levi Johnston and was born in 2008 shortly after Palin’s mother, Sarah, lost her bid to become vice president of the United States.
The boy looked incredibly uncomfortable as his mother urged him to be aggressive at his football game, then asked him how he feels about his stepfather no longer being his football coach, and whether he wants to continue having a relationship with him. After insisting she didn’t want Tripp to be “affected” by the divorce, Palin pressed: “Do you want to see Dakota or do you not care?”
The boy sat silent, looking distressed. “I don’t know,” he finally said.
“What does that mean?” she pushed some more. “You don’t want have a relationship with him?”
In September, Palin expressed pride about being on “Teen Mom OG,” boasting on “The Jenny McCarthy Show” that viewers would see the “real Bristol Palin,” The Ashley’s Realty Roundup reported.
“I’ve been on quite a few reality shows and this is the realest, rawest I’ve ever been (on TV),” she told McCarthy. “I never would have even thought I would be this out there, like, ‘Here it is!’”
But Palin apparently has changed her tune after facing backlash from Meyer and from viewers, including over the scene with Tripp. She wrote on Instagram this week that none of the segments that have so far aired has given an accurate impression of her life.
“All they want with my little segment each week is some fake fill-in Farrah Abraham/Jerry Springer BS, and it’s simply not true,” Palin wrote, referring to the former “Teen Mom OG” cast member who was booted off the show last year after appearing in a pornographic video.
Palin, an Alaska native who now lives in Austin, Texas, wrote that she’s actually a “pretty great mom” to her three children. She shares two daughters Sailor, 2, and Atlee, 1, with Meyer. The couple finalized their divorce earlier this year after two years of marriage.
“Let’s be real,” Palin wrote on Instagram. “I’ve stood strong and held it down for my kids since day one. No matter how bad @teenmom tries to portray my ‘life’ ….. my babies, my family, my close friends — they know the TRUTH. I’m a pretty great mom, work my ass off, show up, and hustle everyday to give my kids a pretty great life.”
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If I cared what people thought of me, I wouldn’t be here today – let’s be real. I’ve stood strong and held it down for my kids since day one. No matter how bad @teenmom tries to portray my “life” ….. my babies, my family, my close friends – they know the TRUTH. I’m a pretty great mom, work my ass off, show up, and hustle everyday to give my kids a pretty great life. @mtv doesn’t want to talk about faith, show work ethic, or juggling three kids alone, they don’t want to show the humble process of starting over after a divorce, building a career, or any real life issues. All they want with my little segment each week is some fake fill-in Farrah Abraham/Jerry Springer BS, and it’s simply not true. Don’t get me wrong – I’ve said some mean things and learned a lot the last several months – but the life I’ve built for my kids is NOT sitting around talking about baby daddy drama. Every week is a continued disappointment with their inaccuracies and false narratives. I hate getting all emo on you guys but I’ve kept quiet for too long about it. Don’t believe everything you see on TV.
A post shared by Bristol Palin (@bsmp2) on Dec 10, 2018 at 7:05pm PST
Working her “ass off” has included being a teen pregnancy prevention ambassador, forming some kind of PR consulting service, penning a memoir and appearing on reality TV shows. Maybe her “work” also includes becoming “like a pageant mom,” encouraging Tripp to compete on “Dancing With the Stars: Juniors.”
Palin reportedly is being paid $250,000 to appear on her first season of “Teen Mom OG,” which is part of MTV’s “Teen Mom” franchise. That amount is believed to be much, much higher than the salaries earned by some of Palin’s “Teen Mom” co-stars for their first season, The Ashley’s reported.
The show follows five mothers, including Palin, as they cope with “the unique challenges of being young parents.”
But in her Instagram gripe, Palin explained that MTV has failed to accurately depict her challenges: “juggling three kids alone” and “the humble process of starting over after a divorce, building a career.” She added that the show hasn’t done enough to include “any real life issues” or to portray the role of faith or her “work ethic” in meeting those challenges.
Palin acknowledged that she hasn’t always been on her best behavior but still argued that the editing of “Teen Mom OG” gives off “inaccuracies” and “false narratives.”
“Don’t get me wrong,” she continued. “I’ve said some mean things and learned a lot the last several months — but the life I’ve built for my kids is NOT sitting around talking about baby daddy drama.”
But the thing is, Palin has shared “baby daddy drama” in other venues.
For example, she promised to McCarthy and her listeners that “Teen Mom OG” would cover the “downfall” of her marriage to Meyer and her struggles with his PTSD — though she also said he was “a great dad.”
Even while trying to work out some kind of co-parenting arrangement with Palin, Meyer consistently has challenged her “narrative” about herself. In early September, he revealed texts in which he said she bashed his decorated Marine service and wrote that he is a “coward” and a “b—” before suggesting he didn’t deserve his Medal of Honor, America’s highest and most prestigious military decoration, the Daily Mail reported at the time.
“He’s no hero,” Palin wrote, according to Meyer, who said the exchange was with a man his ex-wife had never met in person. “He didn’t do that (expletive). He’s a b—.”
Meyer definitely isn’t happy about how his ex-wife’s “Teen Mom OG” segments have turned out, asserting on Instagram in October that Palin lied on the show about events surrounding daughter Sailor’s birth in 2015, The Ashley’s reported.
Following last week’s episode featuring Tripp, Meyer called the show “trailer trash Real Housewives” and said it had strayed from the depicting “the true struggles of parenting.”
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It’s time to call it what it is @teenmom parenting is way more than everyone sitting around bitching about their ex’s.
A post shared by Dakota Meyer (@dakotameyer0317) on Dec 4, 2018 at 6:56am PST
Meyer has participated in Season 7 but told an Instagram follower in October that Palin forced him to do it, The Ashley’s reported. “I hate it but I had to in order to get my kids,” he told the follower.
On the show this week, Meyer took issue with Palin acting like she wanted to take the high road when she said in a phone call that she wanted to put the “pettiness” behind them and “work together for our girls,” TooFab reported.
“It’s about the kids.” 👏 Bristol is taking steps to patch things up with Dakota for the sake of their children on tonight’s new #TeenMomOG. pic.twitter.com/1yFkM3sz1V
— #TeenMomOG (@TeenMom) December 10, 2018
Meyer shot back, saying that being on “Teen Mom OG” had changed Palin for “the worst,” TooFab said. He also said she could call or text him “when there’s not cameras around” and when she’s not just reaching out for sake of “drama.”
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But for some reason, Meyer apologized on Tuesday for his televised remarks, sharing a photo of Palin with his daughters on Instagram. He wrote he was wrong to insinuate his ex-wife would put anything before their children.
It was “wrong and tasteless,” Meyer said. “It’s the furthest thing from the truth and I apologize to her and the kids for that.”
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Regarding my comment tonight on @teenmom insinuating that Bristol has put anything before the kids was wrong and tasteless. It’s the furthest thing from the truth and I apologize to her and the kids for that.
A post shared by Dakota Meyer (@dakotameyer0317) on Dec 10, 2018 at 7:04pm PST