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Doug Stanhope tries to Save Bristol

Personally, I’m a big fan of political humor.  I’m an extremely liberal-minded person, so I tend to watch left-slanting comedians (but I do enjoy a good “hippies are pussies” joke from time to time).  So what happens when comedians actually take their views a step further (ie: off the stage) and actually try to make a difference?

The result may resemble something like Saving Bristol, a website set up by comedian Doug Stanhope.  Saving Bristol aims to raise as much money as possible (including $50,000 from Stanhope personally) to offer to Bristol Palin as an escape plan.

From the mouth of Stanhope himself:

“Never in history has a woman been under more pressure to keep an unwanted pregnancy than Bristol Palin. She is the teenage daughter of Alaska Governor & Vice-Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin – a conservative, Creationist Christian power-vampire and pro-life huckster who has put Bristol and her un-welcomed fetus at the center of a politico-religious crusade to stop her exercising her constitutional right to terminate the pregnancy.

Rather than sit back and impotently bemoan Bristol’s tragic, lonely circumstance, it is time for us – the silent majority – to unite behind this poor, imprisoned woman and save her from both a tyrannical household as well as the horrible nightmare of a forced childbirth.”

All of this may come off as a bit strange, but Stanhope mentions on the site that he was once in a similar situation.  I have to admit, it is freshing to see a comedian actually do something to try to make a difference.  Obviously this is an extreme attempt (a young girl abandoning her family is a pretty unlikely thing to happen), but at least he seems genuine about it.


Comment from lightning and thunder
Time: September 17, 2008, 10:42 am

Leave it to Stanhope to do something this radical….
i wonder if the word has gotten to Bristol herself yet??

Comment from John
Time: September 17, 2008, 11:00 am

Whad da hail?

Comment from Chris
Time: September 17, 2008, 11:45 am

maybe she’ll take the money and buy herself a new name.

Comment from Allison
Time: September 17, 2008, 12:08 pm

Sounds like a Humbert Humbert move to me… I alone here?? Haha.

Comment from Briana
Time: September 22, 2008, 10:33 am

HA! Yes, I had to wikipedia “Humbert Humbert”. And NO, now that I understand the reference, you are not alone, Allison.