Bristol Palin is back in the media spotlight. And again, it's related to teen pregnancy.
The 19-year-old daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin can now be seen as the star in a new public service announcement for The Candie's Foundation, an off-shoot of the clothing brand that promotes awareness of teen pregnancy. (watch the ad at left)
Last year, Palin was named an ambassador to the foundation, whose mission is "to shape the way young people in America think about teen pregnancy and parenthood," through high-profile media campaigns.
In a recent interview, she told that Associated Press that she has chosen to practice abstinence until marriage. "I know it's realistic to ask myself that, because I know I'm not going to until I'm married," she said.
The ad could expose Palin to criticisms of preaching a double standard. In it, she encourages viewers not to follow her own example but to listen to her advice.
The spot seems to argue that her experience with teen pregnancy was positive only because of her privileged background.
As the camera cycles through footage of her mother's campaign appearances and photos of her family, Palin solemnly asks the audience: "What if I didn't come from a famous family? What if I didn't have all their support? What if I didn't have all these opportunities?"
Suddenly, the ad shifts to a scene of Palin standing alone alongside her son Tripp in a sparsely furnished room. "Believe me, it wouldn't be pretty," she tells the camera.
"I don't think anyone realizes how difficult it really is until you actually have a screaming baby in your arms and you're up all night," Palin told the AP. "It changes literally every aspect of your life, and if girls realized how hard it was to be a teen mom, they would think twice about having sex without the proper education and proper knowledge."
Palin's simple message to teens becomes clear at the end of the ad: "pause before you play."