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Bristol Palin Likes (in No Particular Order) Gays, Money, Reality Shows

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 27:  Dancer Bristol Palin speaks onstage at the "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" panel during the Disney/ABC Television Group portion of the 2012 Summer TCA Tour on July 27, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Bristol Palin says all of her deals to appear on reality-TV shows were brokered by God. Continuing this week's Parade of Palins at the semiannual TV Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles, young Palin told scribes (repeatedly) that the Good Lord "provides opportunities" such as Dancing With the Stars, implying that for her to not do such shows would be to dis the Almighty. She also explained that since "the press is going to talk about me no matter what," she might as well "have fun" by doing reality shows. But, Vulture asked, would reporters still be following Bristol Palin around rural Alaska had she simply decided to return home after the 2008 election rather than say yes to multiple reality-show offers? Palin didn't really answer our question, except to repeat that reality TV is "a fun gig" and to thank God for bringing her so many offers.

Later, she finally conceded that money has something to do with her TV omnipresence. "Do I like to provide for my son? Yes, I do," she said, for once eschewing spin in favor of honesty. Meanwhile, just for good measure, one reporter threw out a question about Palin's attitude toward "the Gays," prompting a hint of anger from the reality star and teen mom. "I'm not a homophobic," she said. "Just because I'm for traditional marriage … I'm not scared of [gays]. I'm sick of people saying that."

Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images