Liberals Demand Answers From FCC After Bristol Palin’s Dance Show Win
It turns out that Bristol Palin’s run on Dancing With the Stars did more than provoke television murder in the first degree and threatening letters coated in unidentified powders. It also pushed liberals to turn to the FCC for justice.
Among the complaints? Vote-fixing by the vast right wing conspiracy as well as secret signals from at least one of the show’s judges to tea party viewers.
One viewer from Pittsburgh alleged that the show’s voting system had been “fixed by extreme supporters of the Tea Party and Radical Right-Wing. I find that it has become a political platform for Sarah Palin to improve her image and ooze her political slime.” The aggrieved correspondent continued, “Bristol is not a star, what did she do, she had sex and got pregnant. Lets reward her…I made several call to ABC’s complaint line and I hope that their phone lines melt. It has become a political movement, with Tea Party websites instructing on how to vote for Bristol. Ridiculousness!”
Another source of grievances was a hug delivered to the 20-year-old Palin by one of the show’s judges, Carrie Ann Inaba.
Noting that “no other dancer was called over for a hug,” one viewer claimed that the clinch was a “signal for the GOP/Tea Party supporters of Sarah Palin to ‘stuff’ the vote for Bristol Palin, who on both dates had to be dragged over the dance floor.” The writer added, “My 96 year old Mother-in-Law can dance better than Ms. Palin…I want my Government to protect me the viewer from deceptive practices.”
A Cerritos, California resident reported that the “physical contact” made by Inaba “sets the contestant up for thinking the judge will favor them. She was impartial to one and partial to the others.”
Other viewers sought an FCC probe of the show’s voting, since “people are bragging how they ‘gamed the system’.” Two other viewers (one from Indianapolis, the other a Brooklynite) were upset that Palin beat out the R&B singer Brandy for the last spot in the program’s three-person final.
For your entertainment, here are the FCC documents detailing the complaints.
Discussion question: These people know that reality show voting isn’t federally regulated, right? And are they aware that this show is, in a lot of ways, a popularity contest with viewer voting not often having much to do with actual dancing talent?
Is it really so hard to believe that a lot of the show’s viewers just liked Bristol Palin?Tags: Asshats, bristol palin, dancing with the stars, fcc