I am fighting my gag reflex here so bear with me.
Courtesy of US Magazine:
Like mother, like son! Bristol Palin got her groove back while helping son Tripp Johnston prepare for Dancing With the Stars: Juniors.
Johnston exclusively tells Us Weekly that his mom shared “a couple” helpful pointers for entertaining a crowd. His mentor, Jenna Johnson, adds: “Bristol was telling him a lot to small and do ‘oohs and aahs’ with his performance and he did it!”
Although the Teen Mom OG newcomer, 27, gave her little one some pointers, he still had worries about the competition, telling Us that he was more “nervous” than excited. But Johnson, 24, and his partner, Hailey Bills Opens a New Window. , helped him shake it off.
“I think for being a non-dancer, he was able to retain [the steps] really well,” Johnson dishes. “But yeah, it’s very hard for someone who has never danced before. This is a very daunting place. It’s covered in lights and cameras and costumes, so he did really well.”
So here we are with another Palin child being exploited for money and fame, just like his mother and his uncles before him.
And of course, it gives Bristol yet more chances to get a little more media attention as well.
Courtesy of ET:
“I was like, ‘No way!'” Bristol told ET before the announcement of her reaction to her son being cast on the show. “My son, of course at first, was like, ‘Oh, yeah, this sounds so fun. I am going to do it!’ And then I showed him some clips of young dancers, [and he said,] ‘I am not doing it!'”
“[I was] like, ‘We already signed the contract — you have to do it!'” Bristol joked. “But he had the best time of his life and he has made lifelong friends there. [He had an] incredible time, and I have the utmost respect for the show and everyone there. It was a great experience for him.”
“I felt like a complete pageant mom, like, ‘Tripp, you better smile! You better practice!'” she admitted. “It was more nerve-racking having my son on the show than it would have ever been to have myself on it, because it was like, ‘Smile! If you don’t have a good attitude, you are going to regret this!'”
“I told him to try his best. I mean, he was 9 years old. He was one of the youngest on the show,” she continued. “I said, ‘Tripp, have fun, make friends, learn some manners with girls, learn how to dance’… and that is what he did. He had such an amazing time, and they are memories that he will have forever.”
So it sounds like Tripp did not want to do this show at all, but had no choice because his mother signed papers making him contractually obligated to go through with it.
Such good parenting.
And wait, SHE is encouraging him to smile more for the camera?
Does anybody remember HER appearances on DWTS?
I feel bad for Tripp, he really had a shot at a relatively normal life and his mother has fucked it up over and over again.