There are many interesting reality television shows on this year, including the hit “Dancing with the Stars,” which millions watch each week. “Dancing with the Stars” has always had controversy, but this week the elimination has really made people wonder about whether politics is part of the show.
According to New Jersey On-line, people are angry after favored contestant and R&B singer Brandy was dismissed from “Dancing with the Stars” Tuesday, Nov. 16. Fans and onlookers have debated whether Bristol Palin, the daughter of Sarah, is still in the contest due to support from Tea Partiers. Brandy was a clear front-runner to win the competition and had some of the highest scores from the judges, but was eliminated after viewer votes were counted. Bristol has been clearly the worst dancer on “Dancing with the Stars” which has people questioning whether politics is playing a role in the voting.
I personally think that Bristol’s support is apolitical and has nothing to do with the Tea Party or people who like her mother. Bristol Palin has nothing to do with Sarah or her political career, so I do not think that the Tea Party will be voting for Bristol. Bristol has done nothing as far as helping her mother advance her political career, so it should not help her on the show.
For the most part, I believe that Bristol is earning her votes on “Dancing with the Stars” because she has a good personality and shows a lot of heart. Bristol was in the public eye because she was a teenage mother and her own mother was in the political spotlight, which has captivated some people. Knowing Bristol is only a teenager and has endured the political spotlight from her mother while trying to raise her child is why people like her. Of course I think some people vote for Bristol who might be connected to the Tea Party for specifically that reason, but I do not think that counts for a lot of her votes.
There will always be a little political connection to shows that have a family member of a political figure on them, but I do not think it is enough to make a difference. The Tea Party in particular is probably not going out of their way to vote for Bristol on a dancing show because it has nothing to do with the values of the Tea Party. I think that “Dancing with the Stars” for the most part is apolitical and does not really connect to any party in particular. I think a large part of the people who voted for Bristol is the teenagers who have been through hard times and who also probably see her as an inspiration. Bristol has really been through a lot dealing with her pregnancy at a young age, and I think younger people vote for her because of that. Bristol seems like a really nice girl who has been through a lot while in the public eye at the same time, which is something people have connected to.
From the perspective of a supporter of the Tea Party, I do not think they would waste their time or energy voting for Bristol on a reality show that has nothing to do with politics or government control. I really do not think Bristol’s success is related to anything politically and it should have no bearing on what goes on with Sarah Palin or the Tea Party. Bristol is her own person and can make her own way in the world without the help of Sarah or the Tea Party.
New Jersey On-line Staff, “Your comments: ‘Dancing with the Stars’ controversy continues as Bristol stays, Brandy goes”, New Jersey On-line