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article imageVideo: Tripp Palin, age 3, calls aunt Willow a homophobic slur

By Brett Wilkins     Jul 22, 2012 in Entertainment
Bristol Palin's three-year-old son Tripp called his aunt Willow a homophobic slur during the filming of a Lifetime television reality show.
"Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp" is a reality series chronicling motherhood and other challenges faced by Bristol Palin, the 21-year-old daughter of former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
In a scene from one episode of the show, Bristol travels from Alaska to Phoenix, Arizona with Tripp and younger sister Willow in tow. Bristol has some real estate business to attend to and is helping Willow check out some colleges.
A rambunctious Tripp wants to go swimming in the communal pool at Bristol's home. She objects because there are "a bunch of drunk kids down there." Tripp proceeds to throw a mini-tantrum, prattling away about how much he hates mom and auntie Willow.
"God's watching you," admonishes a semi-flustered Bristol. Then, in "God's" presence, little Tripp calls Willow a "faggot."
Bristol and Willow react with face-palmed shock, but not in a bad way. The sisters are visibly amused by the toddler's inappropriate outburst.
"I'm doing a terrible job disciplining Tripp," Bristol says during a candid interview. "I know he's going to push the boundaries and push the limits."
But Tripp's outburst begs the question of where he learned such bigoted vocabulary. Three-year-olds don't just go around calling people "faggots." He had to have learned such filth from somebody close to home. Perhaps it was from Willow herself, who unleashed a barrage of homophobic slurs-- including "faggot"-- against online critics of her mom's short-lived TLC reality show "Sarah Palin's Alaska" back in 2010.
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