Bristol Palin's tenure on Dancing With the Stars was unexpectedly long-legged (until Jennifer Grey was forced to bring out the big watermelon of Dirty Dancing nostalgia), controversial (booing! potential death threats!), and highly rated, but what was she doing there in the first place? According to competitor Margaret Cho — who at least notes, "I really like Bristol as a person" — she was forced to go on the show by her vengeful mother.
Why did Bristol do Dancing With the Stars? I heard from someone who really should know (really should seriously know the dirt really really) that the only reason Bristol was on the show was because Sarah Palin forced her to do it. Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly (in the circles that I heard it from) for not winning the election, and so she told Bristol she “owed” it to her to do DWTS so that “America would fall in love with her again” and make it possible for Sarah Palin to run in 2012 with America behind her all the way. Instead of being supposedly “handicapped” by the presence of her teen mom daughter, now Bristol is going to be an “asset” — a celebrity beloved for her dancing. I am sure the show wasn't in on this (but who knows anything really).
"I am proud of her for shaking her ass! But keep in mind there are other forces at work here and it’s not just for the love of dance," Cho continued, adding, "Now I am scared I am going to wake up with a decapitated moose head in my bed."
Pistol Whipped [Margaret Cho]