I'm talking of course of the "Young Man" (as his manager calls him), He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named, Levi Johnston. His Vanity Fair article is now online. Check it out, if you've got a strong stomach.
Okay, I'm going to shock you. I actually think that a lot of what he said is probably the truth.
As he saw it.
The question is, what kind of perspective does a (then) eighteen-year-old lend to the discussion? Oh, I don't know, maybe that of an eighteen-year-old? What was really telling for me was when he would say things like, "I never saw...." this and that happen. Like, " In all the time Bristol and I were together, I’ve never seen them sleep in the same bedroom." Well, I hope not! That would've been a little awkward....
He whines about having to cut his hair for the convention. Boo-hoo. I'm sorry your mullet had to be sacrificed for the candidacy of Vice-President of the United States. Sorry it interfered with your hunting plans. He says the convention was boring. Again, my heart bleeds for you. How horrible that you be bored. Perhaps we should stop the whole world and accommodate everything to your liking. You strike me as a spoiled brat. Sorry we couldn't design the Presidential race just so that you could be comfortable. It's life, buddy. Suck it up. And quit the victim theme. As if you're the only guy connected to a campaign who's ever suffered. Maybe you shouldn't have gotten the Governor's daughter pregnant.
I like that he took a swipe at Meghan McCain though. That was funny.
Listen, the Palins are just like any other family. They're not perfect. They never claimed to be. Did Bristol fight with her mom? I don't know. But what teenage daughter doesn't fight with her mom? I did. When you're seventeen, you're not exactly a genius philosopher.
Some things are gross misinterpretations targeted toward boning up the stupid rumors that started during the campaign. Other things I just simply don't believe period. My favorite part was his account of telling the parents that Bristol was pregnant: "Sarah said she was going to get Todd, who walked in looking like he was going to rip my head off. I was ready for an ass whooping." Good for Todd.
Honestly, the article is an embarrassment on many levels. It's embarrassing that the media is willing to lock step with the perspective of a teenage punk. It's embarrassing for Levi, who is basically sticking a knife in the back of his family. It's a story from a spoiled teenager's perspective. Even if you took everything in the article as Gospel truth, you would be left with one conclusion: "What? The Palins are a typical American family? Shock!"