Bristol Palin hits back at fat jibe

Last Updated: Dec 09, 2010, 09:11 AM IST

Los Angeles: Bristol Palin has hit back at comedian Kathy Griffin who had made a jibe at her weight.

The 20-year-old daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, was branded a "white Precious", referring to the film starring Gabourey Sidibe as an overweight teen mother.

The 50-year-old stand-up comedian was hosting the Divas Salute the Troops event over the weekend, when she made the scathing comments, reported Fox News online.

"She`s the only contestant in the history of the show to actually gain weight," said Griffin about Bristol`s stint on the show `Dancing With The Stars`.

Despite boos from the soldiers in the audience, Griffin continued, "No, come on, come on. She gained like 30 pounds a week, I swear to God, it was fantastic."

Bristol has since released a statement saying. "The audience`s reaction to this `comedian` spoke volumes, and the decent people I know would probably have booed her, too. I hope people didn`t have to pay money to hear her negativity and criticisms."

Bristol also took comedian Margaret Cho to task this week over suggestions her mother forced her to go on Dancing with the Stars.

Cho, who also competed in the programme, had claimed that the single mum was told to take part in the reality show as her mother blamed her for the 2008 election loss. Bristol`s unplanned pregnancy was revealed during the campaign and led to much criticism of Palin.

She said Bristol `owed` it to her mother to redeem herself by joining the reality show.

But the young mother, who finished runner-up in the series despite consistently low marks from the judging panel, used a Facebook post to react to Cho`s comments.

`Let me be blunt. My mom did not `force` me to go on DWTS. She did not ask me either. The show approached me. I thought about it. I made the decision," Bristol Palin said in an open letter on her Facebook page.

"Let me shamelessly steal from Saturday Night Live "Really, Margaret? Really?". It is this type of hurtful and false narrative that people promote to make my mom look bad," she wrote.

PTI