Bristol Palin Spars With Media; Declares ‘I’m Not a Homophobic’

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After her Lifetime series, Life’s a Tripp, was pulled out of its cherry primetime slot for its low ratings, Bristol Palin hasn’t called it quits on reality television.

ABC announced on Friday that Sarah Palin’s oldest daughter is returning to ABC’s Dancing With the Stars: All Stars for another stab at the Mirror Ball Trophy.

At the same time, father Todd Palin will be appearing on NBC’s Stars Earning Stripes reality show. And, of course, there was TLC’s Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which pulled in record ratings for the network in 2010.

Have the Palins left politics behind and made reality TV the new family business?

Bristol insists that’s not her family’s intent.

“I definitely don’t think it’s our business,” she tells reporters at the TCA Press Tour in Beverly Hills. “I just think that you guys are going to be talking about us either way. I might as well be doing something enjoyable and fun and with a good group of people, and that’s why I’m doing it.”

Later, she got defensive when a reporter pressed once again about her reasoning for continuing to seek media fame rather than moving back into obscurity in Alaska after her mother’s failed elections.

“I couldn’t tell you what would have happened if I would have just gone home,” she says. “And I like my little life in Alaska with my son. And, like I said before, this is a fun gig. I’m not whining. I’m not complaining about anything. But I’m going to go out there and I’m going to have fun. And ‘you guys,’ I do mean the media. You’re going to talk about me if I’m in my little life in Alaska or if I’m in L.A., so I might as well just have fun with it.”

Palin’s reality show experience hasn’t always been “fun” for the 21-year-old. During the course of filming for Lifetime, she made headlines after being heckled in an L.A. bar by a gay man who wasn’t pleased with her mother’s politics.

When a reporter wondered if she would have a problem with being matched up with a gay partner on Dancing With the Stars, the former First Daughter of Alaska wasn’t happy about what was being inferred.

“You know what? I like gays. I’m not a homophobic, and I’m so sick of people saying that,” she explains.

“Just because I’m for traditional marriage, doesn’t really mean I’m scared or anything of anyone else, and I don’t hate anybody,” she continues. “People are going to make up stuff about me no matter what, and whatever. I’m going to go dance, and I’m gonna have fun. And I’m just going to go have fun on the show. It’s not about politics. It’s not about traditional marriage or anything like that. It’s just about dancing, and it’s gonna be fun, and that’s all I have to say about it.”

If you want another chance at voting for a Palin, Dancing With the Stars: All Stars returns Monday, Sept. 24 at 8PM on ABC.

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