And their voices have been heard loud and clear.
When the Student Health Advisory Committee of Washington University was granted $20,000 in funding to book a panel of speakers for their students, the group decided they would blow the whole kit and caboodle on one person: Bristol Palin
, the voice of reason.
You’ll recall that Bristol is the Teen Abstinence Ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation and she’s often touring around the country,
unsuccessfully urging teens to learn from her mistake decisions. This decision to include her in the panel ignited backlash almost instantaneously from students who didn’t feel like their money was being spent wisely. During one protest, students carried around signs that read. “Can I get paid for an accident too?”
Then, word reached Private Practice star Kate Walsh, who is an active member of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and she took to her Twitter to urge W.U. students to protest even harder! She tweeted:
“Welcome to the Idiocracy! RT @elliekirsh: @katewalsh please join students at Wash.U. to boycott Bristol Palin's speech on abstinence. What does she know about college or abstaining?”
So now, after all the hullabaloo, the school issues a statement announcing Bristol was officially uninvited to the school’s function. The statement the school issued reads:
"The student group that invited Bristol Palin to come to Washington University in St. Louis has mutually agreed with her not to proceed with a contract regarding Palin’s participation in a panel discussion at Washington University on Feb. 7. Because of the growing controversy among undergraduates over the decision to pay for her talk with student-generated funds, the Student Health Advisory Committee and Palin decided that the message that they intended on sharing would be overshadowed by controversy.”
You’d think she’d be used to that by now, Her whole life has been overshadowed by controversy.
So now, Kate, you aggravated the situation – are U going to go to the school and talk about your program at all?
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