The Great Sarah Palin Book Tour kicked off Monday with Palin's highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey. One subject of conversation was Levi Johnston, the Playgirl-posing father of Palin's grandson. And it didn't take long for Johnston to speak out against his almost mother-in-law.
Palin called the soon-to-be published spread in the magazine "porn." She said that Johnston agreed to do it is "kind of heartbreaking."
"I don't know if we call him Levi. I hear he goes by the name Ricky Hollywood now. So if that's the case, we don't want to mess up his gig he's got going," she told Winfrey.
But Palin doesn't completely blame Johnston, saying the people who are "handling" him are doing a poor job. "He's a teenager. I don't think he realizes quite yet what it is that he is being handled and orchestrated around -- for him to be participating in this," she said.
In an interview with Playgirl, Johnston hit back at Palin's performance on Winfrey's show. "You could tell by her laugh she was full of it," he said.
As far as the invitation by Palin to attend Thanksgiving dinner, Johnston said it was "a nice gesture but she didn't mean it." If he were to go, he said it would be "awkward.".
Johnston's manager and main handler, a giant of a man who goes by the name Tank Jones and doubles as Johnston's bodyguard, lashed out at Palin for continuing the feud.
"She was making fun of him in her own little way. She was being sarcastic. We don't take anything she said seriously. She has an opportunity right then to end this whole thing. But she wants to keep it going, then fine."
As far as the accusation of "porn," Jones prefers the word "art" to describe Johnston's photo shoot.
"Playgirl, Playboy, most of those magazines, they are not porn. There's nothing pornographic about that. He came in this world naked. So, all of a sudden, it's dirty to take your clothes off?" Jones asked. "It depends on what you do once you take your clothes off."