This just in from the unintended irony department: Bristol Palin has been named a Teen Ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation‘s program “to educate America’s youth about the devastating consequences of teenage pregnancy.” To promote the program, Candie’s sells the T-shirt pictured here.
I have nothing against Bristol Palin. Nor do I have anything against a program to educate teenagers to prevent pregnancy. But irony #1: Damn, that T-shirt makes me hot! And irony #2: “She said in an issued statement that she will consider preventing even one girl from getting pregnant a success”—sort of like an ex-con doing that “scared straight” shtick. Not that someone of her social standing and financial background will suffer the stigma or limitations that a typical teen mother might. So add 1 part disingenousness to those 2 parts irony.
All that aside, the Candie’s Foundation’s program looks pretty good otherwise—apparently sporting neither a left-wing nor right-wing agenda. So I applaud the foundation’s efforts to educate teens; I merely question their judgment in this particular announcement.