Bearman Cartoon: Bristol Palin’s Speaking Fees

Bearman Cartoon on Bristol Palin and her Speaking Engagements

I am a firm believer in allowing private family members of public figures to be removed from public scrutiny.  That is UNTIL they themselves decide to become a public figure.   It was announced last week that Bristol Palin (daughter of former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin) is going on the speakers tour to talk about “don’t screw up and have a kid like I did as a teenager”. 

Reports are that she will get between $15-30,000 per speech.  That really busts my chops.  Why weren’t my parents more popular?  My life could be so much easier.

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  1. Nate Fakes says:

    It’s nuts that people like Bristol (who I can’t imagine has much to put on the table) gets a years salary (for many) just for a speech.

    My speeches would probably cost me money to get the tomatoes off my outfit after being booed off stage.

  2. Roland says:

    You know honestly, I think the only way I could get mad at how much she is making, is if nobody was paying her but she was just asking for that. My point is, if people are going to pay for her to come speak at an event, the only people to get mad at are the people who are paying her.

  3. We have a related scandal brewing nicely here!

    the sill tart…

    • Bearman says:

      My favorite part of that story

      “”I have not got a bean to my name. I’m a taxpayer, a British taxpayer and I left the royal family for freedom and in freedom it means I am bereft. I’m hopeless.”

      Earlier, the duchess’s spokeswoman, Kate Waddington, said she had not been told about the meeting and was “incandescent” it had taken place”

      Since when can the “bereft” afford a spokeswoman.

    • nursemyra says:

      she’s always putting her foot in it isn’t she Dave? 😉

  4. David says:

    Brilliant, B! I don’t think it’s a matter of ambition than a matter of unfettered ignorance and lack of inhibition… at least that’s how I made my millions!

  5. lynn says:

    i think roland was right on with that comment! who are the idiots that think she is actually worth that kind of money? 🙁

  6. Dan Long says:

    Awesome one! I especially enjoy the title. Nice work. But yeah, people getting rich and famous off of nothing more than who they are related to? It’s sadly common. “My dad was an OJ Simpson lawyer and now my stepdad is Bruce Jenner. Now I am one of the most rich and famous and ‘successful’ women on Earth.” GUESS WHO

  7. Bo Lumpkin says:

    I just want y’all to know that I am available for speeches at only $15,000 and I will donate half of it to various charities. I am not particular. I will speak on any subject whether I know anything about it or not. The size of the crowd doens’t matter. I will speak to one or millions. Y’all spread the word around. I don’t need but a few takers and I can pay off my mobile home.

  8. Steve says:

    Kind of like the old childhood concept of being with those whom are perceived as being popular, whether they have any sense or not. Now as adults, they pay to try and be with those perceived as popular or having something to say. Do the dynamics ever change? In my humble opinion, one can glean more wisdom spending time talking to their elders on a front porch for free then spending $30k to listen to someone who is barely out of diapers.

    • Bearman says:

      Maybe I should start charging people to sit on a porch with elderly people. Then their advice would be worth something.

  9. I never could give speeches. I’d rather smack my head into a wall than give a speech. Of course, $30,000 might help things … a bit … 🙂

  10. tmcelmurry says:

    I think the biggest problem is not that my parents were never ambitious enough to merit me getting paid cash to speak, but that we actually pay Bristol Palin or any other child of a person of interest to tell us crap we can hear for free on the Jerry Sally Jesse Montel Springer Paternity Test shows. 🙂

    It’s amazing what people will pay for. Wow, $15 – $30,000 per speech, man that’s just crazy.

  11. jill says:

    I’m in two minds about this (only because of whose daughter she is). If you are born into money or celebrity you can reap the benefits in most cases. At least Bristol is working for it. Many kids just have money given to them. Now, I know, giving a speech for an hour and getting $30,000.00 is barely called working, but she can spread an important message in that hour if she does it right. If she doesn’t, she won’t continue to get gigs. If she can pull in large audiences because of her mother’s name to help spread an important message about a serious issue, then I am all for it. All causes need a spokesperson and in this case it just happens to be the daughter of a political bimbo (ooh…my bad!) 🙂

    • Bearman says:

      See you started out all intellectual and then you had to go there.

      • Laura says:

        I sort of agree with Jill..but I’m just so anti-Palin! But, if and if she has a good message to convey then maybe it’s a good idea And, she’ll get more speaking engagements. It rings a bit false after all the election hype about her and this wonderful guy ……. Mom glorified the whole thing, how is she going to address that?

  12. danineteen says:

    Love the comic!

  13. George says:

    That’s one reason why I feel little sympathy for celebrities. They all start their careers wishing that they could live in the limelight, but don’t realize that light never turns off. Now Palin’s daughter is trying to take advantage of her mom’s fifteen minutes. I say go for it, but the public should realize that they can get her story from just about anybody. She’s not the first to go through stuff like this.

  14. jynksie says:

    It must be nice that looks = intellect in out society, because Sarah Palin is not an educated or enlightened woman. She gets the attention based on her eye candy factor and her marketing skills (even a prostitute knows how to sell herself). Her daughter on the other hand, has a message she can bring to young people based on experience, assuming thats what she’s being paid to do. Teenage parenthood in todays world is something I wish on no one, so hopefully Bristol is using her experience to enlighten others.

    Nothing scalds my ass more than the continual attention the media places upon Palin, as if she’s a credible source for anything. When she was here in NH during campaign season, she kept saying how much she marveled the political atomosphere of this “great northwestern state” (we’re next to VT you 4 eyed ding bat!) It took her 7 years to graduate from college. Her 2 year stint as governor was really a mere 6 months as the legislature in Alaska is only in session 3 months out of year, the rest of the time, Alaska is frozen over. I can’t believe McCain chose her, I actually liked -some- of his politics, but after choosing her, all I got was “senile old man likey his eye candy”.

    Between her, Beck and Limbaugh, it’s like the village idiots have taken over the GOP! I’m actually taken aback by the idiocy within this party, it’s frightening because we have no intellectual counterbalance to the Democrats. AND don’t get me started on them… o.O

    • Bearman says:

      Nerve effectively hit..haha

      Looks actually = success. And it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. I am not in the bandwagon that says Palin is stupid or only got where she was because of looks. I think she had to have some form of drive.

  15. Sheila Deeth says:

    So fame is hereditary as well as being random. I love the cartoon.

  16. Friggin Loon says:

    Nepotism is alive and kicking in Australia. Hello, Nicole Kidman’s sister, who can barely act herself has a friggin TV show. Oh I could go on forever, John Travolta, Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise…..(give me a break did their kids auditions?) It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

  17. Ron-Yves says:

    If I could get paid to talk about how I’ve repeatedly ‘screwed the pooch’ over the years—I certainly wouldn’t need to mooch free ad-space of of you…

  18. Ron-Yves says:

    …I can’t tell you how sour it makes me to realize I misspelled the word ‘off’ in my previous comment…

    • Bearman says:

      We call grammatical and spelling mistakes here “Dunbo” taken from our friend Susi Spice who was lamenting about someone’s errors only to call her a “Dunbo” when she meant “Dumbo”

  19. DadaHyena says:

    Just think of it as the Palins’ equivalent of “Billy Beer”, only without the humor or alcohol.

    Actually, now it just sucks even more.

  20. jammer5 says:

    Beats pimping herself out . . . Oh, wait: her mom already does that.

  21. bschooled says:

    In 15 years from now, her son will be making $$$ giving speeches about what it was like having a teenage mom…

  22. susispice says:

    im going to take the friggin loon approach to this one. If there are dunbo’s enough out there who think that paying some snotty nosed irresponsible idiot of a Palin daugther $30K to hear her speak on this matter then so be it. They are the idiots who are giving her that money.

    secondly, There are PLENTY of single parents out there who had NO support in raising their kids who get themselves through school, working etc after making such a mistake, I would rather hear them speak. The girl is being molocoddled by her press hungry control freak of a mother, with parents who are supporting her, who are providing avenues for her to be bloody well off with her child now this is not a girl who has learnt her lesson. All she has learnt is that mommy will make it all better and will even get her $30K to say “i was a bad little girl” in public. ridiculous!

    makes me sick!

    • Bearman says:

      I can’t say that it is her parents out there “molocuddling” (new word) her. I smell agents jumping all over it who have a good PR machine.

  23. The only person I’ve seen who is worth that kind of money for a lecture is Randy Pausch.

    Well I guess Jesus Christ or The Buddha would be too, but they are both so hard to book.

  24. “And if you DO screw up and have a kid as a teenager like I did, it helps to have a famous celebrity mother who can bail you out of trouble.”

  25. Tony says:

    In case you were wondering, caps lock was on & by the time I noticed I couldn’t be bothered re-typing


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