What Is Wrong with You Haters?
In a series of stories that are simply too bizarre to be true, several news sources have been reporting for the past few days the Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas got death threats as the finals for “Dancing with the Stars” approached. Another news story that was widely reported involved the white powder found in a threatening letter sent to Bristol Palin. Security was reportedly tightened at the “Dancing with the Stars” set, and Mark Ballas was asked by studio executives to stop tweeting in case his Twittering was somehow “inciting” people. These stories beg the question “What is wrong with you haters and bullies?”
Bitter People Making Vitriolic Comments & Death Threats
As someone who covered “Dancing with the Stars” and who focused on Bristol Palin and Kurt Warner as two underdogs, I can personally attest to the amount of vitriol I read in comments on my own articles. My articles simple recapped the dances, frequently mentioned the costumes, summed up the judges statements, and reported the scores, yet they received a large amount of extremely negative comments about — a teenage girl who turned 20 while still a contestant! So, you don’t like her mother Sarah Palin. So you think Brandy or Jennifer Grey are better dancers. Is that any excuse to call Bristol Palin names and use vulgar language, much less threaten Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas with death threats? It’s just a TV dance show, and even a Presidential election is no place for insults and death threats! Yet some people were so bitter and blinded by their political disappointments they took it out on a teenage girl.
Bristol Palin’s Threatening Letters, Death Threats & an Anthrax Scare
Mass murderers get more sympathy for their heinous crimes from people who insist they had bad childhoods and are misunderstood. Luckily, Bristol Palin never asked for sympathy. She just wanted to dance, but you would have thought she was vivisecting live puppies on the air from the comments I read. If that’s not bad enough, some warped individuals took it another step further and decided threatening letters, death threats and an anthrax scare were somehow appropriate steps to take.
“Death Threats & Anthrax Scares Are Not Appropriate Behavior”
It is past time for a reality check, folks. This is NOT healthy behavior — none of it: not the insults, not the bullying, not the bitterness, not the hate-mongering and hate speech, and — do I really have to say it? — certainly not the death threats and anthrax scares! No one should have to type out “Death threats and anthrax scares are not appropriate behavior.”
Is Hating a Straight, 20-Year-Old White Girl a Hate Crime?
The disturbing thing is, many of the same people spewing hate rhetoric at a 20-year-old girl are the same liberal crowd who want special protections and special laws to protect others from hate crimes! So, you’re telling America it is OK to hate and make death threats against a 20-year-old white girl, while special minority groups are more deserving of tolerance and protection. I hope whoever sent the threatening letters and the white powder are caught and charged with hate crimes. Bristol Palin has most definitely been the victim of mindless, bitter hate, and if we are going to have hate crime laws, they should apply to all haters.
Where are the Feminists?
One wonders where the various feminist organizations are in all of this. Where is the sister-woman rallying around a young woman who set out on her own to drive from Alasaka to the CBS Television City studios and who received death threats for competing?
Another Sign of the Fall of American Values
My parents died in the early 1990s. Their entire lives they lived in a time when this kind of blind hatred against a girl on a dance show would have not just been impossible but inconceivable. In the past 15 years or so I have watched not just American values, but morals, manners and common sense fall by the wayside while people with the loudest, shrillest, angriest voices think that they can rule by insults and intimidation. The result of this decline in values is evident when a girl barely out of her teens receives death threats for making it to the finals on a dance show.
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