The Public Life of the Overexposed Teenager: Bristol Palin Talks TV Debut, Levi Johnston

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Bristol Palin is no stranger to the spotlight - her mom, Sarah, ran for Vice President of the U.S., and Bristol herself became a celebrity for having a child out of wedlock.

While the 19-year-old is in Alaska raising Tripp, she still makes news often, be it for her relationship with Levi Johnston, her TV debut or random magazine interviews.

Bristol Palin Shakes It

Speaking of which, regarding rumors that she and Levi are back together after a year at each other's throats, Bristol wouldn't really go into it with In Touch Weekly.

“There are a lot of rumors about everyone and everyone’s business,” she said. "We are working together and whatever is best for Tripp is what we are going to do.”

She is thrilled, however, to call attention to her guest-starring gig on her favorite TV show The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, a show about teen pregnancy.

In the episode, airing Monday, Bristol Palin plays herself and befriends Amy (Shailene Woodley), whom she meets at a music program for teen mothers.

“There was no hesitation on my part at all,” she tells In Touch. “It’s a family-based show, right up my alley. Teen pregnancy is something I can relate to."

"It was a good fit. Going through the teen pregnancy at the same time Amy was going through hers was extremely relatable. I had felt the same things.”

Bristol Palin adds that she's not hoping to become a movie star.

“I have never done anything like this,” she smiles, “and I don’t think I will ever do any sort of acting again. I’ll leave it to the experts. But I had a great time.”

She's also ready for her detractors: “I don’t really pay attention to the negative stuff written about me I don’t know why they would say anything negative."

"Just because we are dealing with the teen pregnancy issue and sex and relationships? It’s not like I am acting as a prostitute or something.”

No, but whether she educates and discourages or merely promotes and glorifies teen pregnancy while enhancing her own celebrity status is debatable.

Is she discouraging or promoting teen pregnancy?

 

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