Bristol Palin's new reality show, Life's a Tripp, premiered last night, and regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, it was terrible in every respect.
The problem is not that Bristol is the daughter of Sarah Palin, it's that she comes across as a caricature; a TV personality, but not a real person by any means.
It's also entirely unclear who the project is aimed at. Uninteresting and brazenly clueless about life and the world around her, BP is not an engaging heroine.
Life's a Tripp is basically like The Hills, Jersey Shore and The Real Housewives of Orange County combined, without the self-awareness of any of the above.
Let's break it down, THG +/- style, and see how:
Bristol announces the concept of her show - moving to L.A. to work for a charity, getting out of her comfort zone, etc. - and sounds 100 rehearsed. Minus 20.
Also, Tripp is three. How is this "life experience" for him? Minus 10. Good thing younger sister Willow came along too. Who needs a job or school, right?
Sarah Palin sighting! The Mama Grizzly references The Beverly Hillbillies. Is that what this is supposed to be a takeoff on? We're still unclear, but Plus 5.
Never mind that Bristol is already famous enough to live in Beverly Hills, and acts entitled, like she belongs there, no matter what she might say. Minus 5.
The ladies announce that they are staying in one of their “parents’ friends’ houses” ... which is a giant mansion. Very real and down-to-Earth, girls. Minus 5.
“People are a lot more into their image here than in Alaska.” - Bristol Palin, on a show named after and detailing the struggles of Bristol Palin. Minus 430.And now for the infamous mechanical bull-riding scene, in which Bristol was heckled and Lifetime was sued in an exchange that reduces all faith in humanity.
From off screen, a guy yells, “Did you ride Levi like that? Your mother’s a whore!” The first part is pretty funny ... the latter not at all. It gets ugly, and fast.
This scene is just depressing, first for the heckler who uses hateful language and took cheap shots and made Bristol look like some kind of victim. Minus 15.
Of course Bristol, surrounded by reality TV cameras, tried to make his sexuality a topic of the debate. What a Clash of the Lowlifes this became. Minus 15.
Also, Minus 15 more for the Life’s a Tripp producers who can't even edit this argument in a coherent fashion. How much was edited? It's all very unclear.
Bristol walked out to call BF Gino Paoletti, saying, “I have a ton of cameras on me and a ton of paparazzi. This is not fair. This is not fun.” That felt real. Plus 20.
Of course ... the cameras were filming HER OWN REALITY SHOW AT THE TIME and she went to the epicenter of celebrity gossip, West Hollywood. Minus 440.
The famous girl who wants to be more famous, yet is too vain to see what a spectacle this is, then complains about being famous? Not sympathetic. Minus 30.
Aside from Tripp being a cute kid, there was little redeeming about this show or its protagonist. Sorry Bristol, but we're Tripping out after watching this crap.