Bristol Palin's safe sex ad gets mixed reviews
November 25th, 2010
08:34 AM ET

Bristol Palin's safe sex ad gets mixed reviews

Bristol Palin's abstinence web ad for the Candies Foundation is drawing mixed reviews. The reality TV star and daughter of former Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin, appeared in the spot to promote safe sex with Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino from the MTV reality show/morality play The Jersey Shore.

In the web spot, "The Situation" hits on "B-Palin," who rebuffs his advances and then encourages him to practice safe sex. The teen mom says in the ad she won't be having sex anymore until she's married.

The ad has been a viral hit on Youtube racking up over 630,000 hits.

But Jo Piazza at the religion blog TheRevealer.org writes:

Abstinence educators certainly didn’t get the joke. “The commercial was unprofessional and lacked clarity of message. It failed to deliver any lasting or meaningful value in addressing the problem of teen sex,” Valerie Huber of the National Abstinence Education Association told The Revealer in an email.

Piazza continues:

The unlikely pairing of The Situation and B. Palin could be what teens need to start a conversation about abstinence, long a subject branded as religious and/or political that is finding a place in the realm of pop culture.

Palin and Sorrentino recently competed against each other on the ABC reality show Dancing with the Stars.

Palin, who came in third in the dancing competition, is now co-staring in Sarah Palin's Alaska on TLC. This week on the show she and her mom spent some quality mother daughter time gutting fish they caught on a commercial vessel.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Culture wars • Politics • Sarah Palin • TV

soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. justcrusinby

    Typical attention getting tricks from one of the Wasilla Hillbillies.

    December 27, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  2. Chip

    B Palin is a beast of burden.

    December 27, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  3. Satan

    Bristol, when you fail the test, you don't get to teach the class.

    November 29, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  4. brown

    He is not Saint Petter, but Keith has read and studied his Bible

    November 29, 2010 at 1:48 am |
  5. Gary

    Keith, are you St. peter???

    November 28, 2010 at 9:53 pm |
  6. Keith

    Please don't assume that all Christians think the Palin's are role models. I personally think they're a joke. Her mom is one of the reasons Obama is in the White House right now. If she wins the nomination, we will be stuck with "The One" for another four years. They must have been jumping up and down and high-5-ing in the Oval Office when she threw her hat in the ring-much like the Repub's like having Pelosi back. This nation has been given over to a reprobate mind. Until this nation repents, we will be stuck with crappy choice A or crappy choice B. Either way it's still crap. God's judgement is looming over this naiton but not many seem to see it. "When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chr 7:13-14.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:18 am |
    • Luke

      We don't. We just know that people like the Palins are on your team, not ours.

      November 26, 2010 at 9:46 am |
    • Keith

      Luke, Exactly whose 'team' am I on? Just curious. You wouldn't be guilty of assuming something yourself now would you?

      November 26, 2010 at 11:23 am |
    • Luke

      Keith – Team Christian.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
    • Keith

      Luke, Okay. Fair enough. I'm just not aware of any Christians in politics. There's plenty who claim to be. But if we will "know them by their fruits", then they are definetly few and far between. I choked down part of an episode of "Sarah Palin's Alaska" and saw and heard some bad fruit. Therefore, she's not on my team.

      November 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm |
    • Luke

      you are not aware of any Christians in Politics? What planet are you from, Keith? Seriously. Let's start with George H W Bush, who said atheists should not be citizens of the US. How about his son, George W. Bush, who essentially invaded a nation based on religious beliefs. Shall we move on to the fact that in the modern era, not secular President has ever been elected? We have 1 – exactly 1 – member of Congress that admits to being atheist to the God of Abraham. Katherine Harris, who famously said that non-Christians should not be allowed to hold office in the US (she was in charge of Florida's elections back when George W. Bush ran for President). Do you need me to make a list that runs hundreds of names long, Keith?

      November 27, 2010 at 10:37 am |
    • Keith

      Luke, not all who say, 'Lord, Lord' on the day of judgement will enter heaven.

      November 28, 2010 at 9:18 am |
    • Luke

      Keith – Oh the famous and never tiresome "they aren't real Christians" argument. Sorry, yes, they are. And yes, they are still on your team.

      November 29, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  7. Cathy Brown

    Ms Palin is a young woman in a difficult situation. She needs to step out of the spotlight, as much as possible, and concentrate on her child and on getting her life in order. Her confusion is evident when she attempts to give young people advice on how to conduct themselves then makes a statment about giving people that 'hate' her the big middle finger. One more thing, Mrs. Palin please stop using your children to further your agenda. If you didn't want the writer next door invading your privacy, why are you putting them on display now?

    November 26, 2010 at 1:21 am |
  8. Amalia Sheran Sharm

    She's knocked up right now. You can tell by the way she dances.

    November 25, 2010 at 10:29 pm |
    • David Johnson

      Really? You can tell that, by the way a woman dances? Really?

      November 27, 2010 at 11:39 am |
  9. Ivan Bial

    What! A Palin telling me how to raise my kids?
    She should mind her own business. If I want my kids fat and a prego..thats my right..

    It seems that's the 1/2 governor wants to raise her daughter, fat and pregnant with no government intervention.

    November 25, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  10. David Johnson

    Yes, there is much to be thankful for. There is a fine crop of fundies to amuse me over the coming year. I could not ask for more, even if there was a god.

    November 25, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  11. Gary

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I am thankful for not being religious....I have a wonderful family and decent job. My health is great I am very thankful. I wish everyone happynes and great health.

    November 25, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  12. Reality

    More information for B. Palin:

    The numbers, the calculations and a "bottom liner":

    "Facts on Contraceptive Use

    January 2008


    • 62 million U.S. women (and men?) are in their childbearing years (15–44).[1]

    • 43 million women (and men) of reproductive age, or 7 in 10, are se-xually active and do not want to become pregnant, but could become pregnant if they or their partners fail to use a contraceptive method.[2]

    • The typical U.S. woman (man?) wants only 2 children. To achieve this goal, she (he?) must use contraceptives for roughly 3 decades.[3]


    • Virtually all women (98%) aged 15–44 who have ever had inte-rcourse have used at least one contraceptive method.[2](and men?)

    • Overall, 62% of the 62 million women aged 15–44 are currently using one.[2] (and men)

    • 31% of the 62 million women (and men?) do not need a method because they are infertile; are pregnant, postpartum or trying to become pregnant; have never had inter-course; or are not s-exually active.[2]

    • Thus, only 7% of women aged 15–44 are at risk of unwanted pregnancy but are not using contraceptives.[2] (and men?)

    • Among the 42 million fertile, s-exually active women who do not want to become pregnant, 89% are practicing contraception.[2] (and men?)


    • 64% of reproductive-age women who practice contraception use reversible methods, such as oral contraceptives or condoms. The remaining women rely on female or male sterilization.[2]


    Percentage of women (men?) experiencing an unintended pregnancy (a few examples)

    Metho Typical
    Pill (combined) 8.7
    Tubal sterilization 0.7
    Male condom 17.4
    Vasectomy 0.2

    Periodic abstinence 25.3
    Calendar 9.0
    Ovulation Method 3.0
    Sympto-thermal 2.0
    Post-ovulation 1.0

    No method 85.0"

    (Abstinence) 0

    (Masturbation) 0

    More facts about contraceptives from



    Contraceptive method use among U.S. women who practice contraception, 2002

    Method No. of users (in 000s) % of users
    Pill 11,661 30.6
    Male condom 6,841 18.0 "

    The pill fails to protect women 8.7% during the first year of use (from the same reference previously shown).

    i.e. 0.087 (failure rate)
    x 62 million (# child bearing women)
    x 0.62 ( % of these women using contraception )
    x 0.306 ( % of these using the pill) =

    1,020,000 unwanted pregnancies
    during the first year of pill use.

    For male condoms (failure rate of 17.4 and 18% use level)

    1,200,000 unwanted pregnancies during the first year of male condom use.

    The Guttmacher Insti-tute (same reference) notes also that the perfect use of the pill should result in a 0.3% failure rate
    (35,000 unwanted pregnancies) and for the male condom, a 2% failure rate (138,000 unwanted pregnancies).

    o Bottom Line: The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and STDs (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the pill or condoms properly and/or use other methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and STDs.

    November 25, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  13. Reality

    Using Guttmacher Inst-itute data on birth control method failure rates, one is able to calculate the number of unplanned pregnancies resulting from the current use of male condoms. It is an horrific number of 1.2 million/yr. Even perfect use of would result in 138,000 unplanned pregnancies.

    (And what is the abortion rate in the USA? ~1,000,000/yr CDC data.)

    Conclusion: currently, a perfect barrier system does not exist. Time to develop one. In the meantime, mono-masturbation or mutual masturbation for heterose-xuals are highly recommended for those at risk. Abstinence is the another best-solution but obviously the se-x drive typically vitiates this option although being biological would it not be able to develop a drug to temporarily eliminate said drive?

    November 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  14. David Johnson

    @Luke – Now that is funny! Happy Holiday to you!

    November 25, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
    • Luke

      Yup, I giggled at myself too. Happy gobble to you David.

      November 25, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  15. Luke

    This is like Michael Vick telling me how to properly treat dogs.

    November 25, 2010 at 10:25 am |
    • Bob

      Honestly, it's like religious people are unable to think, deviate from what is written in their holy book.

      Faithful: Practice Abstenance
      Sociologist: That has been shown not to reduce teen pregnancy rates, we still have a problem.
      Sociologist: I think we're missing each other. It doesn't affect pregnancy rates, it's useless.
      Sociologist: Sigh.

      November 25, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
    • NL

      The whole "Do as I say, not as I did" message, but without sacrificing any of herself by admitting that she made a stupid mistake, which she cannot do without damaging her image as a mother. How can she make an effective appeal for abstinence when she languishes in the spotlight of fame for having been a typical teen who acted on her impulses, got pregnant and went on to becoming a glamourous dancing TV personality? Really, how is any teen girl out there going to see a down side to the choices Palin made?

      November 25, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
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    November 25, 2010 at 9:33 am |
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