Bristol Palin's Lifetime reality TV show "Life's a Tripp" has mainly focused on showcasing Bristol's own exploits and adventures. But after last week's episode, her son 3-year-old Tripp is now in the spotlight for an on-camera tantrum.
In a recent episode titled "New Beginnings," the tot throws a temper tantrum when he's told he can't go to the pool. When his Aunt Willow (Bristol's sister) attempts to calm him down a bit, Tripp yells, "Go away, you [bleep]. The subtitles show that he says, "Go away, you f***!" The temper tantrum starts at the 45-second mark.
While initial reports indicated that Tripp had used an anti-gay slur, Bristol denied those reports in a blog post Monday, saying that Tripp "used a different 'f word,'" and that during the taping of "Life's a Tripp," cameras "caught a moment on film that would cause any parent to be red in the face."
David Martin of Associated Television International, which produces "Life's a Tripp," backed Bristol up, saying, "I don't know what he said, but it was not [an anti-gay slur]." Lifetime is expected to issue a statement on the situation later today.
Bristol, the daughter of former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has been a lightning rod for controversy since it was revealed that she was pregnant with Tripp during her mother's 2008 campaign. The Palins are notably conservative and anti-gay marriage. Bristol reaffirmed in Monday's blog post that she is against gay marriage, and her sister Willow posted gay slurs on Facebook in January 2011.