There's no telling what Bristol Palin will reveal in her upcoming memoir, and the few hints from publisher HarperCollins are ambiguous at best. The official press statement simply called it "an inside look at her life, her world and the things that matter most, including her family and the faith that keeps her centered."
Which of Palin's life experiences will we get an insider peek at? One area she'll discuss is her time as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars -- and the criticism she weathered throughout it.
It will be interesting to get her perspective on her stint around that highly-hyped dance floor. Palin was like the Kate Gosselin of Season 11. In other words, she was a contestant whose notoriety, and not her dance skills, propelled her forward each week. But while Gosselin was eliminated after five weeks, Palin made it all the way to the finals. Critics loudly wondered whether Republican and/or Tea Party groups were organizing themselves to vote for her.
This assumption grew more pronounced with each passing week that this 20-year-old average dancer remained on the show. Eventually, Palin addressed the rumors, complaining to Access Hollywood, "I'm so tired of hearing it…People are voting for us because I'm relatable. There's no politics involved."
But there was a lot more going on at that time that Palin didn't address publicly. The backlash against her pushed beyond reasonable boundaries. Palin wasn't just receiving bad reviews; she was getting death threats, and ABC had to beef up security when she was on set. At one point, an envelope with white powder was sent to the DWTS studio, addressed to Palin. (It turned out to be talcum powder.) And in Madison, Wis., there was a widely circulated news story about a deranged DWTS viewer, who reacted to Palin's performance by actually shooting his television.
While that last anecdote was funny to those of us not fielding death threats, it probably terrified Palin. In the memoir, will she address her fears for her personal safety during this stressful time? Or will she simply dwell on the grueling rehearsals and the mean, mean journalists who criticized her? Hopefully, she'll be more open than her politician mother, whose books cover personal issues without giving away much emotion. But considering the younger Palin's tendency to stay on right-wing message (at least in recent interviews), let's not hold our breath.