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Right on cue:

Brandy got robbed by Palin supporters on Dancing With the Stars. Unbelievable. Bristol improved over the season but that’s not saying much since she began like a piece of wood and ended with only an ember. She’s no dancer and does not belong in the finals. She didn’t even belong in the semi-finals.

What a crock, and a disappointment. Brandy was a “10” dancer and second only to Jennifer Grey. In fact, Brandy vs. Jennifer would have been a close contest in the finale. She may not have the most friendly personality, but it’s a dancing contest.

Kyle belongs in the finals more than Bristol. He has more musicality in his tush than Bristol has in her whole body.

Tea partiers mobbed the phone lines, voting for Sarah Palin’s child. No one who was voting on the dancing as opposed to politics would have voted for Bristol, except her family and friends. And that doesn’t add up to the hundreds of thousands of votes she got. Bristol of course is in denial.

Shame on DWTS for not having figured out how to have a judges’ override when the votes so clearly have no relationship to dancing or talent.

Damn those voters! If the Democrats were running DWTS they would override those tea bagging idiots and make sure the right candidate . . . er, dancers won.


This is an open thread.



It’s been alleged that the Tea Party’s “Operation Bristol” is keeping the teen mom in the competition. However, the real conspiracy is that her conservative supporters have figured out a way to exploit ABC.com’s email-voting feature, allowing infinite votes.

While Bristol Palin denies any Tea Party conspiracy theories, there’s no denying that conservatives have been pushing for votes for Bristol, using blogs and Twitter to start a movement. But what isn’t widely known is the evidence—via message board comments on some conservative sites—that this mobilization involves fixing this (albeit meaningless) election through a technical snafu on ABC’s website, which allows Palin’s supporters to cast an infinite number of email votes

Freeping a reality television show is bad, but gaming the Democratic caucuses is just politics.

33 Responses

  1. If I heard Tom Bergeron correctly there were a record number of votes cast after Monday night’s show.

  2. People aren’t voting for who they think is the best dancer, people are voting for who they want to see next week. Who entertains them the most. These people crack me up.

    Seriously, it’s a TV show. It’s not a political contest. Oh wait, now I see the problem. To these people, political contests are not about who should be the best politician or who has the most experience, or who can get the job done, it’s a popularity contest. And now they’re no longer popular. Oh dear.

  3. unreal. What can you say except jeralyn is obsessed.

    • There is always an expected upset on DWTS. Based on dancing talent Brandy should have been in the finals and in the number #2 spot over all, but why didn’t her fans support her? Brandy’s weak fan base did her in — that and Maks’ arrogance and insufferable ego. Not only were people turned off by him, but also by Brandy’s desperation to win throughout the season.

  4. I find myself agreeing with Tommy Christopher:

    TMZ is reporting that Willow Palin, 16 year-old daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (and sister of newly-minted Dancing with the Stars champion Bristol Palin) struck back at a critic of her mom’s TLC show by calling him “f*ggot,” along with a string of other obscenities. The incident is being widely reported on the internet, and while Miss Palin’s word choice is, indeed, homophobic, it would be unfair to label her a “homophobe.” If anything, the lengthy exchange illustrates the lack of thought that goes into this kind of name-calling, and presents an opportunity to get these kids thinking, instead of fighting back.


    There are probably already people who are looking to score points, political or otherwise, based on this story. They are wrong. Willow Palin is a child, and she is not fair game. If this story was not already halfway around the world, I’m not sure we would be reporting it. Since it is, though, putting it into the proper perspective is the only responsible thing to do.

    There will be some who are tempted to use this as an indictment of Sarah Palin as a parent, or to connect it with Republican opposition to gay rights, or to paint Willow as a homophobe who didn’t fall far from the tree. These instincts are completely wrong, and they muddy the true lesson here.

    These kids are all too typical. Willow obviously doesn’t really think this kid is gay. She and the others transition effortlessly to weight-and-appearance-based insults almost interchangeably. No thought is given to the fact that they’re using hate speech, because it is so common. The idea that being called gay is a heinous insult is second nature.

    I’m sure Willow Palin will soon be issuing an apology. What she said proves nothing about Willow except she is “all too typical.”

    We live in a homophobic society where such slurs are all too common. So are sexist slurs like “whore” and “bitch.”

    I just have to wonder where all the people fauxraging over the words of a sixteen year-old girl were when people were proudly wearing shirts like this:

    • It may be typical, but especially because she’s a kid, she needs to see that what she said is hurtful to those who are gay. If she said it, she needs to apologize. I don’t excuse her. I think we do too much excusing of teens. When I was young I said thoughtless things too. I learned not to do it when others rejected my behavior. Not me, just the behavior.

  5. Does this make Bristol a ‘media darling’ like Obama and therefore the best candidate?? Well, that didn’t make sense–time for bed.

  6. Didn’t know about the willow stuff. No–it doesn’t make her a homophobe, just a kid spouting off using words she’s heard others use. I’ve taught kids who do that and they don’t connect the dots and usually are surprised when you do it for them. They say they didn’t mean it like that or something. Well–the heads on msnbc will be exploding tomorrow. It will be pompous bellowing. Good night all.

  7. I front paged the story about Willow

  8. I don’t normally watch DWTS because the good dancers get eliminated because they don’t get the phone calls. Those who watch DWTS should know by now that the best doesn’t always win.

    • I never understood why the show was popular in the first place.

    • You obviously don’t watch the show — there really are only 1 or 2 good dancers (ringers) each season — the rest pretty much suck. And with the exception of Donny Osmond (who beat the ringer Mya) and Emmitt Smith (who beat the ringer Mario Lopez), the ringer usually wins.

      • Born in New York City, Grey is the daughter of stage and screen actor Joel Grey and the former actress/singer Jo Wilder. Grey is the granddaughter of comedian and musician Mickey Katz. She is an alumna of the Dalton School, a private school in Manhattan, and studied both dance and acting.

        That’s what you call a “ringer.”

        • Tuition at the Dalton School is 35k a year. Bristol just went to Wasilla High. So there’s that.

      • Yeah.

  9. Have serious doubts about the validity of the posts. Just doesn’t fit. Kids are kids but they know they are on the world stage and can’t see Mamma Grizzly letting them go on the defense like that. How difficult would it be to hack a Facebook account and spew. One kid maybe acting out but two. Just don’t buy it.

  10. Bristol Palin’s dancing on TV set off man in standoff, complaint says

    Allegedly set off by Bristol Palin’s appearance on “Dancing with the Stars,” a rural Black Earth man kept police at bay outside his home for 15 hours Monday and Tuesday before he surrendered to police.

    Steven N. Cowan, 66, railed at the television as the daughter of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin appeared on the ABC program, his wife told police Monday after she fled from the town of Vermont house, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.


    According to the complaint, Cowan and his wife were watching “Dancing with the Stars” when Cowan jumped up and swore as Bristol Palin appeared, saying something about “the (expletive) politics.” Cowan was upset that a political figure’s daughter was on the show when he didn’t think she was a good dancer, the complaint states.


    Cowan went upstairs for about 20 minutes and returned, demanding his pistols, which had been taken by his daughter about a month ago for safety reasons. He was carrying a single-shot shotgun, which he loaded and fired into the television.

    Cowan continued to yell, demanding his pistols. He re-loaded the shotgun and pointed it toward his wife. She left the house and drove to Black Earth, where she called 911. She told police she was afraid for her safety.

    Cowan kept sheriff’s deputies at bay outside his home until 11 a.m. Tuesday, when he surrendered without incident, sheriff’s spokeswoman Elise Schaffer said.

    Can he use Palin Derangement Syndrome as a defense?

    • I don’t know this situation in particular, but it makes me think of all those crazies that act this way because of things Pat Robertson or others say.

      Movements of hate have a tendency to push the more fragile members over the edge.

      When prominent politicians and MSM members and religious leaders push hate and say things like candidates they don’t like should be taken to a room and never leave, some imbalanced people take them seriously.

    • wow ~ Jeralyn’s really a guy? shoulda seen that coming…

  11. The pattern of the show is to have numerous has-beens who are mostly bad dancers and about two ringers that go to the end where one wins.

    In this case, we had ringer Jennifer Gray who made her name by, YES, DANCING. And we had Brandy who also has significant dancing and even more entertainment experience. Why these two would go on a dance competition show that is supposedly about LEARNING to dance is beyond me. Ego? Has-been-ness? Why anyone would want to go on the show with them knowing that one of them would win is also beyond me.

    And then we have Kyle, the Disney kid. Dance-trained. And also in the running to win.

    So Bristol was also a ringer, but this time because of her family popularity. Somehow her story is different and less justifiable than having trained dancers competing on a show that is about LEARNING how to dance.

    If the award was for “who is the gutsiest?” that medal would go to the girl who has no training as an entertainer or dancer, a 19-year-old who stuck her neck out there with the high degree of likelihood it would get bitten off and a higher likelihood she would make a fool of herself. Contrast that with the chance that she’d win against the ringers, which was almost non-existent. Guts, I tell you. Maybe she should run for president someday.

    IMHO Brandy and Maks left because they’ve been aye-holes all season. Otherwise, Kyle would have gone.

    I think people like Bristol are what the competition should be about, not about once again watching ringers ring. It’s probably true that Bristol shouldn’t have lasted this long, but the ringers shouldn’t be there at all.

    Why do I watch the show? It’s 100% brain candy, and mostly on fast-forward.

    Popcorn? Heads exploding? I like it, I like it!

    • I have never watched the show. With all this hoopla and these postings, now I am interested. When is the final show? I will watch and will vote also. I already know who I am voting for – just to see some heads explode, again.

      • Next week we’ll have the middle-aged white lady, the younger black guy, and someone whose last name is Palin. Where have I seen this show before?

    • I think people like Bristol are what the competition should be about, not about once again watching ringers ring. It’s probably true that Bristol shouldn’t have lasted this long, but the ringers shouldn’t be there at all.

      I totally agree. My husband and I refer to the show as “Dancing with the Dancers” because of all the ringers. I mean, come on, Jennifer Gray may be 50+ but she’s in good shape and she’s a dancer. I don’t watch the show regularly, usually just catch bits and pieces when my mother is watching it, so I don’t know if any honest-to-goodness amateurs have ever won it before. But, IMHO, it would be refreshing to see someone like Bristol, someone with no professional performance background, take the number one spot.

  12. “… (Brandy)… She may not have the most friendly personality, but it’s a dancing contest…”

    Uh, no, it’s a popularity contest, too. That’s why people are encouraged to vote for their favorites. That’s why viewers have a say in who moves forward. That’s why Donny Osmond made it.

    But people aren’t voting Bristol just to make liberal heads explode, people are supporting her because she’s genuine, she works hard, and she doesn’t participate in the Hollywood version of what it means to be female. I think Brandy is a beautiful girl, but trying to live up to patriarchal expectations has taken it’s toll on her. She has eating disorders, problems with diet pills, actually killed somebody in a traffic accident, and she suffers from depression. She’s an emotional wreck like many of the women who have had to sell pieces of their soul to meet the patriarchal expectations. That hasn’t been done to Bristol because she grew up in a different environment. There’s no drama, no over sexualization, no obsession with thinness. Bristol is a real girl, like millions of real girls all over the US and people are responding to that.

  13. I knew you’d be on this one, myiq! I got the shocking news this morning from my mother, a longtime DWTS fan. I told her heads would be exploding all across ObamaNation today. Oh the injustice! The inhumanity! It’s so unfair! Can’t wait till Egalia’s mood disorder troll turns this into one of his trademark hallucinatin’ bloviations on those r@cist teapartierpumaoldwhitewomenbittergunclingin’knitters!

    Anyhoo, so now mom thinks Bristol will win. Which is a shame, she says, because Jennifer Gray should win. Unlike the koolaid-addled crazies in Obamagandalanda, my mom doesn’t begrudge Bristol. And, IMHO, if by some long shot Bristol does win, it will be nice for once to see an honest-to-goodness amateur win that darn thing.

  14. Yup. Democracy’s a bitch.

  15. Mama Palin is making noises about how she could run for President and win against Obama.

    OH, what a mess we’re in….I detest Obama and I’ve come to detest Palin has her right wing crap has gotten more and more strident.

    Her voice is like nails on a chalkboard for me now, right up there with Limbaugh etc.

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