DOCUMENT: Celebrity, Stupid

Palin Success Triggered FCC Complaints

Voting, hug angered “Dancing with the Stars" viewers

Bristol Palin

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Bristol Palin FCC Letters

DECEMBER 6--In the days after Bristol Palin was voted into the finals of “Dancing with the Stars,” viewers from across the country wrote to the Federal Communications Commission accusing the ABC show of everything from running a “payola type program” to “encouraging and promoting teen pregnancy.”

Many of the complainants, whose letters were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, were upset that, as one Oregonian put it, “the top scores were voted off yet Sarah Palin’s daughter remained on.”

One viewer from Pittsburgh alleged that the show’s voting system had been “fixed by extreme supporters of the Tea Party and Radical Right-Wing. I find that it has become a political platform for Sarah Palin to improve her image and ooze her political slime.” The aggrieved correspondent continued, “Bristol is not a star, what did she do, she had sex and got pregnant. Lets reward her…I made several call to ABC’s complaint line and I hope that their phone lines melt. It has become a political movement, with Tea Party websites instructing on how to vote for Bristol. Ridiculousness!”

Another source of grievances was a hug delivered to the 20-year-old Palin by one of the show’s judges, Carrie Ann Inaba.

Noting that “no other dancer was called over for a hug,” one viewer claimed that the clinch was a “signal for the GOP/Tea Party supporters of Sarah Palin to ‘stuff’ the vote for Bristol Palin, who on both dates had to be dragged over the dance floor.” The writer added, “My 96 year old Mother-in-Law can dance better than Ms. Palin...I want my Government to protect me the viewer from deceptive practices.”

A Cerritos, California resident reported that the “physical contact” made by Inaba “sets the contestant up for thinking the judge will favor them. She was impartial to one and partial to the others.”

Other viewers sought an FCC probe of the show’s voting, since “people are bragging how they ‘gamed the system'.” Two other viewers (one from Indianapolis, the other a Brooklynite) were upset that Palin beat out the R&B singer Brandy for the last spot in the program’s three-person final.

Palin, whose baffling success led one man to blast his own TV set, ultimately finished third behind actors Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey in the November 23 “Dancing with the Stars” finale. It is unclear whether the FCC received complaints about the outcome of that vote. (7 pages)

Comments (218)

Get over it! These shows are a popularity contest anyway. If you don't like the fact that votes are tallied from text messages, complaint to the producers of the show. But this is good, because these libs are giving a tacit admission of the power the Tea Party movement has!
Seriously? Just stop talking. Or go to fricken Cuba.
I'm glad just mention of the name makes liberal's heads explode. Hee!
Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Do you all really hear and read what you say and write?? DO YOU??? It is DWTS you are defending... add a few letters and you get.............DimWiTS!! Ahhhhh I see, now I get it...Defenders of Dimwits....OK, enjoy....LMAO!!!!
Oh, the dimwit libtards have come out to play...
Ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !
Since when did leftist moonbats ever care about teen pregnancy?? Is it because Bristol didn't get an abortion?? I guess they are really upset that this was another election that they couldn't steal...
It's really interesting that the lefties give Bristol a hard time about getting pregnant as a teen, but say nothing about Barack Obama's mother getting pregnant at 18 by a married man. I guess if the facts don't fit the agenda...hypocrisy reigns.
Yeah, having un-wed sex might be a sin, but killing your baby is a major sin.
C'mon give this white trash a break. They're people too. Sort of.
Typical liberal gas-bags, trying to politicize an entertainment show. They are so afraid of conservatives that they attack and try to ruin everything to do with them, including their children.
Hey it's the same old strategy. If you cannot win the argument on issues and policy, then attack your opponent's family.
well said, Anonymoose...
This is just more proof about just how LOW Liberals will sink in their hatred for Palin, why? She DARED to run against what may very well(probably IS)The single worst President in elected history. How Juvenile can they get? And the funniest thing is they will SWEAR Conservatives are haters??Laughable! What's next Liberals? Poisoning the Milk and Cookies of Republicans children?
Hey, I have an idea! If you don't like the show...turn it off! Seriously, these people want the FCC to step in and tell the producers how to run the show and who should win. There are other shows, other channels. Watch something else or turn off the TV and read a book or something.
I agree. There are hundreds of channels to select from.
These libs can get their panties in a wad so easy just mention PALIN and they go nuts,this means she is a force to reckon with and the progressives are losing ground because the majority of the country does not want their brand of government or better yet slavery. Why is nobody talking about the black kid that came in second he was lousy and Bristol was a better dancer than him, I feel his only claim to fame was he is black and for no other reason and the fix was on to give it to him. So lets get the FCC and FBI to investigate this vote fixing for the black kid which the liberals are good at those how dare those corrupt bastards cry foul when they are the criminals..........
Yes, I noticed that kid was not very good.