Palin was originally invited to talk about the importance of abstinence and, as the student newspaper 'Student Life' says, counteract the liberal bent of the annual event. She was supposed to appear on a panel alongside, among others, a representative from Planned Parenthood.
But some at the university — specifically students — went berserk because Palin is considered too controversial, saying that her presence would overshadow the event itself. They also took umbrage with the approximately $20,000 speaking fee Palin was set to be paid — money that would have been drawn from a student fee fund:
- (By Alex Alvarez, Mediaite) - University Cancels Bristol Palin’s Abstinence Speech Amid Protests Over Her ‘Lack Of Expertise’
- (By Hollie McKay, FoxNews.com) - Kate Walsh Urges Students to Boycott Bristol Palin Abstinence Speech