Friday, January 28, 2011
Bristol Palin Dropped From Abstinence Panel Amid Student Protests
The former Dancing WIth the Stars finalist, 20, was dropped from her planned February speaking engagement at the St. Louis university following student protests, Radar reports.
Palin, who became pregnant with now two-year-old son Tripp at age 17, was invited by the Student Health Advisory Committee to talk about abstinence during the university's Student Sexual Responsibility Week.
But after undergrads protested the use of student-generated money to fund Palin's reportedly several thousand dollar fee, her appearance was cancelled Thursday.
"People are getting so angry because of the opposition to Palin's lack of expertise and the high cost she is charging," said student Philip Thomas, who started the protest.
Fellow undergrad, Ryan McCombe started a Facebook page to petition Palin's appearance and gathered several harsh comments about the daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
"Bristol Palin got pregnant at 17, and rose to fame on none of her own merits, only the fact that her mother ran for Vice President, she has zero credentials in this area, and costs a ton of money," wrote one member.
Added another, "I mean, is Bristol honestly going to say that she was trying to make a baby and lay back and thought of England? Or that that she had sex, without understanding the steps to be taken in order not to become pregnant?"
Student advisory president, Scott Elman said the decision for Palin not to appear was "100 percent mutual" between her and the committee.