Look, I realize that, in the grand scheme of “things America spends money on that are absolute wastes of our time” $350,000 seems like almost nothing, even on a state level. Sure, I could probably live on it for years, but the point is that we spend a lot more on studying owl vomit and documenting the mating habits of waterfowl that don’t even live in the continental United States than we do on making sure that Bristol Palin isn’t out walking the streets in a gorilla suit, but you know what? It’s the principle of the thing.
America, you shouldn’t have to pay to keep Bristol Palin employed.
But, yet, you do.
The California company that made Bristol Palin’s TV show about raising her child has collected a $354,348 subsidy from the state.
Unlike nearly all of the other shows and films subsidized so far under the movie incentive program, the salaries paid to Alaska residents on the Palin show account for a majority of the total “Alaska expenses” for the TV show.
Palin and the five other Alaska residents who participated as “talent” on the show collected close to a half-million in wages.
Total “Alaska expenses,” a term that is misleading because it includes money paid to people from Outside, were reported as $995,275.
“Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” ran for 14 episodes last summer on the Lifetime Channel and did not gather big ratings for the cable network.
In a way, though, there’s another argument to be made that if keeping Bristol Palin busy is necessary to the long-term viability of the state of Alaska, it’s going to have to be someone’s job to ensure that she’s occupied with an appropriate task, and in this case, that job fell to whichever unlucky company Lifetime hired to follow Bristol around and watch her comment on the origins of homosexuality while wearing a cowboy hat in a bar with a mechanical bucking bronco and teach her child the f-word. And while I might object to her being paid, I do think paying the crew $350K in what amounts to hazard pay is a deal.
Those people should be millionaires for the bullet they took for you, America.