Bristol Palin is the daughter of former vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. Bristol Palin began making headlines during her mother’s campaign when it was revealed that she was pregnant; Bristol Palin was 17 at the time. Dancing with the Stars is a popular television show on ABC that pairs celebrities with trained dancers to compete against other stars in a dance competition. Bristol Palin has been named as one of the celebrities competing in the upcoming 11th season of the show. Is she really a star?
The definition of celebrity, according to wikipedia, is a person who is easily recognized in a society or culture. Bristol Palin does fit this description. She has become a staple in the media since the reveal of her pregnancy, and a large portion of our population would be able to recognize Bristol Palin. The name of Dancing with the Stars, however, gives the impression that the celebrity included in the show would be a person remembered for their work or talent rather than their notoriety.
Bristol Palin has been in the media for a variety of reasons since the reveal of her pregnancy. Bristol Palin’s rocky relationship with her son’s father, Levi Johnston, has caused many headlines including a recent announced and then almost immediately failed reunion and engagement. Sarah Palin has remained heavily involved in the political atmosphere, and Bristol Palin has shared magazine covers and interviews with her mother as well, keeping her more in the public eye. By sharing her personal experience with young people, Bristol Palin has also made appearances to motivate teenagers to chose abstinence in their lives rather than the choices she had made.
The of Dancing with the Stars, for this 11th season, consists of many celebrities actually known for their work including Jennifer Grey from the classic Dirty Dancing and the singer Michael Bolton. In the traditional view of what constitutes a celebrity star, these past popular entertainers certainly fit. Given today’s society where political scandals, reality television, and “famous for being famous” persons’ shenanigans are considered entertainment just as traditional movies, sitcoms, and sports, it is no surprise that representations from these facets, such as Bristol Palin, are included in the Dancing with the Stars line-up.
The creators of Dancing with the Stars obviously believe that Bristol Palin is a celebrity, and one worthy enough to be included in the show. The amount of press generated by their choice has certainly shown the interest the public has in Bristol Palin. Perhaps if Bristol Palin performs well in the competition, she will be known for her dancing talent rather than her mother or rocky past.
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