Thursday, November 25, 2010

Bristol Palin A Deer In The Headlights

For Dancing With The Stars having Bristol Palin as a contestant was a brilliant ratings boom. But for real fans of the show, it was a disaster. How Bristol stayed on the show until the final three is beyond me. If she would have won then the show would have suffered a backlash bigger than they expected. Maybe the producers played the game just long enough to keep the internet a buzz and the media giving the show even more attention. As ratings climbed via the controversy, negative publicity via Bristol Palin's continuous dancing on the show grew to new heights. Of course finally, Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey were the final two and we all know the outcome of that. But we don't know why there was such disparity in voting. The Judges on the show as well as the host kept reiterating the importance of voting. Meanwhile several people including myself had difficulty voting online. With the majority of websites using voting as a calculative way to data mine, we have no way of knowing how voting online is going to bite us later. Maybe Bristol was a sacrificial deer on the show to increase ratings and at the same time create a backlash. Creating a powerful dynamic Hegelian Dialectic. Bristol Palin on the show had so many interesting points, unwed teenage mother, daughter of a possible candidate for the Presidency of the United States, Bristol seen as a victim of unfair hostility, a story of a man who shot his TV regarding the results of Brandy being eliminated and Palin safe spread all over the media, a suspicious powder found at CBS studios and the entire DWTS staff evacuated, a terrorist threat - inherent danger, Bristol Palin addressing her haters, Bristol finally loosing. This was a great soap opera. Now Bristol can continue her reign as an activist for Abstinence.
Does anyone else see the irony?

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