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Hot Post: “Dancing With the Stars” Host Slams Bristol Palin Conspiracy Rumors

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Posted on November 20 2010 11:30 pm
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

This popular post was originally published November 18, 2010.

My man-pride requires prefacing this post with a disclaimer. I do not make a habit of watching Dancing with the Stars. I was, however, in the room as a guest in my mother’s house while she and my sister watched it earlier this week. There was nothing I could do. Two of them. One of me.

Despite my misfortune, it provided the opportunity to see Bristol Palin and judge for myself whether she deserved to be on the show. Even to my untrained and highly disinterested eye, she did not perform to the level of singer Brandy or the mesmerizing Jennifer Grey.

In spite of her lackluster effort, Palin moved along to the finals, surviving another round of elimination by viewer vote. This prompted one Wisconsin man to shot his own television. Less impulsive reactions include speculation that Palin’s success is due to a vast Republican conspiracy.

Movieline sat down with host Tom Bergeron and asked about the rumors. He stood by the 20-year-old Alaskan.

Let’s talk about this season of Dancing with the Stars. Can you gauge audience reaction during the taping? Is there noticeable commotion when Bristol Palin gets the lowest scores but isn’t eliminated? Or when—

Here’s the thing. Let’s address the Bristol thing. That’s the thing I get the biggest kick out of on the show. I’m going to put on my political hat. I’m a liberal Democrat, and I state that proudly. But I have no patience with my friends who believe there is a conspiracy keeping Bristol on the show. They’ll say, and they’re friends of a similar political persuasion though I have friends across the spectrum, “Oh, well! She’s still on the show! She’s obviously not the best dancer! She gets the lowest scores!” My response to that is similar to my response to the midterm elections. I’ll say, “OK, right. So who did you vote for instead of Bristol?” “Uh, well, I don’t vote!” “Well, then, f*** you.” I mean, basically! You can clean that up. I have no patience for that! If you don’t participate to create a different outcome — and this can be true in national politics or a TV reality show — then don’t piss and moan if you don’t like the way it’s playing out. You know, I’m sorry! I think Bristol is clearly not the best dancer here, but she’s a charming young woman who’s shown an incredible growth from week one to this week. If she happens to get more votes for whatever reason, more power to her. If you don’t like it, vote for someone else. But that’s been the part of the show that’s amused me, how quickly people are to seize on conspiracy theories when people aren’t involved in the process.

There’s no way to qualify why people continue to vote for Palin in spite of her low scores and mediocre performances. Whatever the reasons, Palin’s success is a testament to the extent popularity trounces objective judgment. Bergeron compares it to the recent mid-terms. In truth, it’s more indicative of 2008, when voters flocked to the polls to vote for “hope and change” having no idea what that meant.

Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota’s North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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