Posted at 5:00 PM Apr 07, 2010
By Andrea Grimes
Teenage girls of the world! The next time you find yourself getting hot and heavy with one of those winner boyfriend-types we keep seeing on 16 And Pregnant, take a moment to reflect on your choices. Or, rather, take a moment to reflect on the choices other people have made in their lives that have determined whether or not you are a rich girl with a supportive family. Ask yourself: am I like totally rich and will my family like totally take care of my baby if I get bored with it?
If the answer is "yes," screw away with abandon! That's the gist of this atrocious, classist PSA Bristol Palin has filmed for the Candies Foundation:
What the PSA doesn't say is that "pause before you play" actually means "don't play at all," as the Candies Foundation is a proponent of abstinence education, which we all know totally works when it comes to preventing teen sex and pregnancy. Gosh, what might be better advice then? "Pause and put a condom on" or "Pause and go get the pill" or "Pause and don't let him stick his raw dick into your vagina" perhaps? Sure. But then the ab-onlies would have to acknowledge that teens have the sex, and then the whole world would collapse.
Further, the PSA actually provides a rationalization for teens to get pregnant: if they think their families are rich and supportive, they can go ahead and have that unprotected baby-makin' sex! I suspect that many teens, purely by virtue of their life inexperience, have little concept of the time and money it takes to raise a child. Seeing this commercial might just inspire them to think, "Oh, well, we have some money, so I would probably be fine if I got pregnant! Bad teen pregnancy is for those other people, the poors!"