During a recent episode of the Bristol Palin-centered show on the Lifetime television network, her son Tripp, who is 3 years old, called his aunt a f----t.
Tripp was in the middle of a tantrum caused by Bristol Palin saying he couldn't go swimming when he called Willow Palin, Bristol's sister, the homophobic slur. Bristol and Willow are the daughters of the politician turned reality-television star Sarah Palin.
Bristol and Willow struggled to hide their laughter after the toddler used the homophobic slur. They also told him to take a time-out while he smiles.
Young children frequently repeat words they hear their parents say, and they often swear while trying to emulate adults. Moreover, the Palin family has been criticized more than once during their time in the limelight for their anti-gay remarks.
A man who was featured on Bristol Palin's show, titled Life's a Tripp, filed lawsuits last month claiming defamation and invasion of privacy, according to Deadline. The man, Stephen Hanks, was shown yelling at Bristol Palin and her friends while they were at a bar. In one of Hanks' legal filings posted by Deadline, his attorneys claim the 21-year-old Bristol Palin approached him and said, [Y]ou are a homosexual.
Bristol Palin also felt the backlash after she blamed U.S. President Barack Obama's endorsement of gay marriage on his daughters, who have friends with same-sex parents, noted E! Online.
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, Palin reportedly blogged. We know that in general kids do better growing up in a mother/father home. Ideally, fathers help shape their kids' worldview.
When Sarah Palin's own reality show made its debut on Lifetime in 2010, a student with whom Willow and Bristol attended high school posted a derogatory statement about Sarah Palin's Alaska on Facebook. Willow Palin responded by calling the student gay and such a f----t, according to TMZ.
Gawker has a transcript of the entire Facebook conversation. (You can find it here.)
Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and the Republican Party's vice-presidential candidate in 2008, subsequently defended her daughters' remarks during an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, as noted by Mediaite.
Here's a clip of the Palins' latest misadventure on Life's a Tripp.