The Huffington Post reported Tuesday that 16-year-old Willow Palin “unloaded on [a] student” and “lashed out at multiple others” during a Facebook wall post war. But Palin was not the only Facebook user to throw out scathing insults.
Willow Palin is under immense media scrutiny and being dubbed “homophobic” by Gawker, a website that has made clear its unfavorable view of the Palin family, for describing one former schoolmate as “so gay” and a “faggot.”
TMZ obtained screenshots yesterday of the Facebook debate, which began when a Facebook user and former classmate of the Palin girls named Tre posted a status update that said, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska, is soo failing hard right now.” Willow Palin responded, “Don’t watch it dumb shit” and Bristol Palin wrote, “You’re running your mouth just to talk shit .”
Tre replied with, “Willow, don’t make me count to three” and a boy name Matt wrote, “not as fat as Bristol … The only program I enjoyed from your family is Nailin’ Palin.”
It is around this point Willow jumped in to criticize those “friends” lashing out at her and her family, calling one, Matt, “s0 gay” and another, Tre, a “faggot.”
Tre went on to call Willow “hella ignorant” and say, “Your mom’s show sucks, just get over it. I’ll post whatever the f*ck I want about it on MY Facebook….& sorry Bristol, we can’ all live fail lives because you got pregnant when you were 17ha we all can’t get lucky and have our mom’s be the gov. and you getting on talk shows because your pre-marital sex.”
Toward the end of the spat, Matt wrote, directed at Bristol Palin, “B*tch if I remember right you were grabbin my a** in wrestling practice…I know I dont have a kid, maybe because I know what a f*cking condom is.”
The news outlets that have written about this story have attributed anti-gay views and bigotry to Willow Palin, a minor, but none have questioned Facebook user Matt’s comments calling the Palin daughters a slur for a prostitute.
Mario Ruiz, vice president of media relations at The Huffington Post, wrote in an e-mail to The Daily Caller, “Huffpost exercises caution when reporting on minors. In the case of the widely-reported remarks made by Willow Palin on her Facebook page, HuffPost editors considered Palin’s age as well as the story’s newsworthiness, in addition to her public profile, including her on-screen participation in a reality show, ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska,’ before deciding to cover and link to TMZ’s story.”
In January 2009, Tina Wells wrote a Huffington Post column condemning the dolls being made of Sasha and Malia Obama. Wells said of the Obama daughters, “They did not ask for the attention and shouldn’t have to maintain an image provided without their, or their parents’, approval…For the most part, President and Mrs. Obama have kept the girls out of the media’s reach, and a situation like this totally violates and exploits them.”