Bristol Palin and Operation Bristol are screwing up Dancing With the Stars (DWTS). She started out pushing her image as the awkward immature “girl-next-door,” an ineffective way to get around her clumsiness and inability to connect as a person or a dancer. The longer she manages to stay on DWTS, by any means necessary, the more we are getting to know her.
On Monday, DWTS did a revealing profile of her on the show and we found out that she is a mean-spirited person who blames everyone but herself.
Consider the following:
ONE: Here’s a paraphrase of one very annoying bit: When I got pregnant I was afraid that everyone would say that I was like those other sluts. But I was a golden girl with a perfect life and never got in trouble until I started dating Levi. I only ever slept with one boy.
So every other young woman who got pregnant is a slut – but Bristol is, in her own words, a golden girl who got mixed up with a bad boy. Yeah, you’re very superior to everyone else.
TWO: On the show, she is addressing the rumors that the Tea Party has organized massive phone campaigns to keep her on the show. No, she tells us, she is “relatable.” (Some would refudiate that!) And breaking with a long tradition of solidarity and support among the DWTS “stars,” she goes on to say (and do keep a puke-bag nearby please): "No offense to anyone else, but I'm not fake. People do connect with me because they feel I'm real and I'm not typical Hollywood."
The cartoon photo was taken from Ester Goldberg’s blog.
The “anyone else” are the other semi-finalists – quite interesting people, in fact, far from “fake”. They’ve been consistently generous about this self-conscious almost inanimate girl in their midst, while she, in contrast, has no problem slagging them off.
THREE: Bristol is asked, what are you going to do after this exciting show? Just head back to Alaska? We’ll see, she says slickly, “what God has in store for me.”
Yes, her vengeful, Christian god is on Bristol’s side, that’s for sure.
Meanwhile, elimination night on Tuesday came as a slap to the face with a wet Alaskan fish to anyone who cares about dance and who follows Dancing With the Stars. One of the two front-runners and my total favorite, Brandy (in photo with her partner Max), who on Monday night scored a perfect 30, was dumped. Bristol was not.
A show that was once about the process of transformation that comes to those who immerse themselves in ballroom and Latin dancing has now been taken over by the Tea Party. It doesn’t matter how vilely a scowling, prissy Bristol clumps around the dance floor, her mother’s fans and their political machine have organized networks to screw with the DWTS algorithm. Winning involves combining the judges scores with the audience calls and texts, and is meant to produce winners whose dance impresses the judges and whose performance wins over the fans.
Now we have people, many of whom have probably never seen the show, receiving a tweet and rushing to vote. To read more about how the conservatives are organizing this campaign, check out this piece on The Daily Beast. These right-wingers ruin everything.
One Wisconsin man got so enraged at the crappy quality of Palin’s dancing that he got himself into a bit of bother by shooting his TV with his shotgun, turning it on his wife who apparently didn’t like his behavior, “leading to an overnight standoff with a SWAT team.”
I know how he feels. As our economic and social condition gets degraded by these well-organized, singularly focused oinkers, they prove to us once again that the concept of voting no longer necessarily overlaps with the concept of democracy.