Bristol Palin and Margaret Cho: Frenemies Forever?

Oh, Margaret Cho…just what does it take to be your friend? We don’t want to be your friend if this is how you treat them. Granted, you’re not our favorite comedienne and you are not our favorite dancer either. Neither was Bristol Palin, but again, we are taking Palin’s side.

Cho considers Bristol Palin a friend, or so she writes on her blog under the 29 November entry “Pistol Whipped” and yet she then dishes some dirt?

Why did Bristol do Dancing with the Stars? I heard from someone who really should know (really should seriously know the dirt really really) that the only reason Bristol was on the show was because Sarah Palin forced her to do it. Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly (in the circles that I heard it from) for not winning the election, and so she told Bristol she “owed” it to her to do DWTS so that “America would fall in love with her again” and make it possible for Sarah Palin to run in 2012 with America behind her all the way. Instead of being supposedly “handicapped” by the presence of her teen mom daughter, now Bristol is going to be an “asset” – a celebrity beloved for her dancing. I am sure the show wasn’t in on this (but who knows anything really).

Seriously, Cho didn’t think to ask her friend, Bristol Palin, before she posted this? If this is how Cho treats her friends, how does she treat her enemies? And how should Cho expect her friends to treat her?

Bristol Palin took to her Facebook page again (4 December 2010) in an entry entitled “Cha cha cha to Cho Cho Cho: Here’s a Hint: Three Dog Night.”

I’m with Palin when she writes,

To my friend Margaret Cho, if you ever have a question, call me girlfriend.  Don’t ever rely on “sources” who claim to know me or my family.

Cho has, to date, received 143 responses to this post. Compare that to the 12 she received for her previous post on the “Dancing with the Stars” finale. Or the 4 responses to the post before that. Cho has gotten some attention from this, some of it negative. Is Cho jealous? Some people think so. Did Cho know she’d get this kind of attention? I’m pretty sure she did.

Bristol Palin comes out of this looking better than Cho in our opinion. If Cho was a real friend, why would she want to spread or confirm rumors without even checking in with her friend?  Cho seems like a pathetic attention seeker, trying to cash in on the fame of her so-called friend. As a friend, Cho seems more like an enemy in disguise.

Bristol Palin wrote:

And we need to talk. You say you ‘don’t agree with the family’s politics at all’ but I say, if you understood that commonsense conservative values supports the right of individuals like you, like all of us, to live our lives with less government interference and more independence, you would embrace us faster than KD Lang at an Indigo Girls concert.”

And how did Cho reply? Via Twitter:

Must write song “embrace me” with kd lang and indigo girls. Must!!!

And then four hours later, she added,

The only reason bristol is so freaked out and everyone is asking me to retract what I said is because they know its true.

How about, if you were really a friend you wouldn’t print dirt about your friend or their parental units. Do Cho’s friend regularly put out Cho’s dirty laundry for public consumption?

We don’t agree with Bristol Palin and Sarah Palin’s politics, but we also don’t agree with Cho’s tactics. We certainly don’t want to be a friend of Cho’s. Palin might be a better friend to have.

On “Dancing with the Stars” Cho seemed out of touch with the format of the program and the viewing audience. Here, she seems out of touch with netiquette and the terms of true friendship. While we didn’t vote for either Cho or Palin, in this war of words, we have to side with Bristol Palin again.

I guess when they say that everyone in the Burbank studios of “Dancing with the Stars” is so friendly, they mean that in a kiss-kiss fake friendly way.

Friends of Margaret Cho, watch out for friendly fire.

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About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on December 7, 2010, in Bristol Palin, Margaret Cho and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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