Bristol Palin blasts Obama for backing same sex marriage as she accuses President of bowing to his daughters on debate
Criticised Obama for listening to his daughters Sasha and Malia on topic
Jersey Shore's JWoww labels Palin 'ignorant and uneducated'
Other stars, including Ellen DeGeneres and Ricky Martin, thanked Obama
14:32 GMT, 11 May 2012
Outspoken: Single mother Bristol Palin came out to blast President Obama after he announced his support for same sex marriage
Bristol Palin has blasted President Obama for backing same sex marriages, and accused him of changing his mind on the hotly-debated topic because of his daughters.
Palin's comments came after Obama credited his girls for helping him change his mind about the debate.
He said on Wednesday: 'Malia and Sasha, they have
friends whose parents are same-sex couples.
'There have been times where
Michelle and I have been sitting around the dinner table and we’re
talking about their friends and their parents and Malia and Sasha, it
wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be
'It doesn’t make sense to them and frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change in perspective.'
However, single mother Palin, 21, then came forward to criticise Obama for so rapidly changing his views on the topic.
She wrote on her blog: 'While it’s great to listen to your kids’ ideas, there’s also a time when dads simply need to be dads.
'In this case, it would’ve been
helpful for him to explain to Malia and Sasha that while her friends
parents are no doubt lovely people, that’s not a reason to change
thousands of years of thinking about marriage.
'Or that – as great as her friends may
be – we know that in general kids do better growing up in a
mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids’ worldview.
'Fathers help shape their kids worldview': Palin wrote on her blog that Obama shouldn't have been so easily swayed by the views of his daughters Sasha and Malia
'In this situation, it was the other way around. I guess we can be glad that Malia and Sasha aren’t younger, or perhaps today’s press conference might have been about appointing Dora the Explorer as Attorney General because of her success in stopping Swiper the Fox.'
CELEBRITY REACTIONS TO THE PRESIDENT'S SUPPORT FOR GAY MARRIAGE
'Pretty darn happy today. Thanks Mr President, for supporting the dignity of my family and so many others!' – openly gay actress Jane Lynch
'Thank you President @BarackObama for your beautiful and brave words. I'm overwhelmed' – talk show host Ellen DeGeneres
'Obama, congratulations on being the first sitting President to support marriage equality. Feels like the future, and not the past. #NoFear' – singer Lady Gaga
'Obama gets it right on gay marriage. Bravo' – 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin
'I applaud President @barackobama for affirming that ALL Americans should enjoy equal rights. Historic!' – singer Ricky Martin
'Viva Obama who has just endorsed gay marriage. Right on time drop a dime blow your mind' – comedienne Sandra Bernhard
Palin, who is mother to
three-year-old son Tripp, also said it could have been Malia and Sasha's
love of hit US TV show Glee that led to their views on same sex
She continued in her blog: 'It
would’ve been nice if the President would’ve been an actual leader…
instead of merely reflecting what many teenagers think after one too
many episodes of Glee.'
However, following Palin's comments, Jersey Shore star Jenni 'JWoww' Farley came out in defense of the President.
She wrote on her Twitter page: 'Bristol should keep her uneducated,
ignorant mouth shut. If you're living in the past you wouldn't have a
kid without marriage. Hypocrite. It's 2012!
'My best friend will get married one day and not just have civil union with his man. Stop hating people.'
And it seems that Palin is in the minority of those who are against Obama's decision, as many other celebrities praised Obama after his announcement.
His comments led to a massive response on twitter with many gay and lesbian stars as well as LGBT campaigners posting their thanks.
Ellen DeGeneres, who has been married to actress Portia de Rossi for nearly
four years, branded the move 'brave' during a taping of her talk show.
Change of heart: President Barack Obama said he once thought civil unions were sufficient rights for gay couples, but he no longer believes that
have been moments in history when someone has had the courage to stand
up for what they believe in and that one action changes everything, I
hope this is one of those times,' she said.
takes a brave man to take a stand like this, especially in an election
year so to you Mr President I say thank you very, very much.'
While Chris Colfer retweeted Ellen's comment and added his own words of praise.
Glee colleague Jane Lynch said: 'Pretty darn happy today. Thanks Mr
President, for supporting the dignity of my family and so many others!'
This Way singer Lady Gaga added: 'Obama, congratulations on being the
first sitting President to support marriage equality. Feels like the
future, and not the past. #NoFear'
Thanks: Ellen DeGeneres, along with other celebrities, thanked Obama for the move, which she called 'brave'
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