Dancing, Divas, and Indigestion

Talked to my mom last night, and she was a little bit riled up (seems there’s a bit of that going around in our family lately).

“Can you believe what happened on Dancing With the Stars? I’m so mad I can’t see straight!”  she said.

I’d been waiting for this tirade, because just Sunday she was talking about how much she hoped Brandy would win this year’s coveted mirror ball trophy.

However, in a rather controversial results show, Brandy and her partner were “sent home” while Bristol Palin remained to dance in this year’s finals.

If you’re not a Dancing With the Stars Fan, you probably don’t know or care who wins this ballroom dancing competition.   I happen to love this show – it’s the only reality show I watch, but I have a secret dreamy desire to be a ballroom dancer and I’m fascinated with the whole process.  I also like the way it showcases a persons ability to learn a completely new skill and push themselves to the limit of their capabilities.

So in some ways the fact that young Bristol Palin, a socially awkward girl whose only claim to fame is her infamous mother and her own teen pregnancy, has been able to execute these complicated dance routines with some degree of aplomb, is exactly the reason I like watching the show.  After all, this is a girl who has never performed, never done a musical, theatrical, or athletic thing in her life, and she’s produced a fairly adequate performance most weeks.

Kudos to her for all that.

BUT.

Bristol remains on the show due entirely to viewer votes.  Her judges scores, which account for 50% of the dancer’s rating, have consistently been the lowest overall.  Yet each week, the viewers votes keep her “alive” while ever more competent dancers are sent packing.

And therein lies a much more insidious problem, one that far surpasses the momentary angst my mother (and poor Brandy!) are suffering.

The American people are completely hoodwinked, boondoggled, brainwashed, and enraptured, with the whole Sarah Palin phenomenon and Bristol is riding that coat-tail all the way to her ultimate prize – the Mirror Ball Trophy.

The really scary part is that I think this silly dance competition is an indicator that Bristol’s mother actually has a chance to attain her ultimate prize – the Presidency of these United States.

God help us all.

My daughter in law (a naturalized American citizen) pooh-poohed this notion at dinner last night.  “The American people are too smart for that,” she said.

I wish she were correct, but I’m afraid she isn’t.  Too many American people have become like sheep, blindly following whoever and whatever seems the most interesting, entertaining, and popular.  Whatever Palin’s appeal  (and I have no idea at all what it could be) it’s widespread and pandemic.  I read this morning that the premier of her reality TV show garnered the highest ratings ever for its network.

That certainly qualifies her to be the leader of the free world.

“She’s not smart enough to be President,” my daughter in law continued, and this time I wholeheartedly agreed.  Palin’s sartorial experience qualifies her for the highest office in the land about as much as my medical experience qualifies me to perform brain surgery. (I’m great at putting on band-aids and removing splinters.)

Part of Palin’s appeal seems to be her “regular Jane-ness” – she’s just like you and me, so she understands the problems of the common man.  Well, call me crazy, but I think I’d like the leader of the nation to be a little bit smarter, stronger, savvier, and well-respected than the average man on the street.  After all, this is a person who holds the future of the entire world (literally and physically) in their hands.

The big Finale of Dancing With the Stars occurs next Monday and Tuesday nights.  Will it be the preview of things to come in November 2012?

We’ll see.

If so, I may find myself on the lookout for property in Outer Mongolia, because I think I’ll want to get as far away from the devastation as possible.

Unfortunately, I’ll probably have to go through the full body scanner in order to get there.

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10 thoughts on “Dancing, Divas, and Indigestion

  1. I’m convinced that a large part of Sarah Palin’s allure is, as you mentioned, the “Regular Jane” aspect of her character. In a time when so many people (myself included) are fed up with how out-of-touch so many of our elitist elected officials can be, Palin may be perceived as someone who knows what it’s like to have a regular life and everyday concerns.

    While that’s appealing, the job of the President of the United States is to deal with extraordinary concerns as well as the everyday ones. We need somebody who is not only in touch with the general public, but who also has greater insight than the common person to deal with international issues affecting everyone on the planet. That’s just not a vibe that I get from Sarah Palin.

  2. I sadly enough think you make a correct assessment of what’s going on. Scary

    and unfortunately I cannot claim that across the ocean we elect the best politicians either 😦

  3. I cannot accept her as a serious candidate. And if some of the Old Boy Republicans really think they’ve got a WINNER… This would be a very drastic measure if they are looking for change, pitiful.

  4. This post makes me wish I have been watching this season! Sometimes, when I listen to the radio, I pretend I’m on the show. 🙂 I did see a clip of when Brandy got “sent home,” and she did not look happy. These types of competitions are always very political… for whatever reason, Briston Palin was more “likeable” than Brandy. Popularity is subjective, but good or bad, it’s what makes America tick.

  5. Becca,
    I echo your statement, if Palin gets in: “God help us all.”
    And outer Mongolia just might get crowded with expats.

    Opinion and emotion are not enough to vote with, ever. I hope/wish that everyone amps up on facts, info, credential first. I know, I know, where can we find out the truth? ah, well, for starters, we can listen to people when they actually speak and if they can’t finish a thought or a sentence, um, well, we can consider that to be a bit telling.

    I’m sorry the “Dancing…” show has gone (Tea Party voters?) crazy.

    I’m not a fan of media or even journalism of late, even tho’ I sit here working on two pieces due this week. (these are mere fluff, lifestyle pieces, but still…)

    Hope all is well. Love hearing/reading your anecdotal pieces and hope your non-blog writing is also going swimmingly!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. I don’t watch much television, and I only caught the first few episodes of Dancing With The Stars, but I must disagree with your dear daughter in law who says, “the American people are too smart for that!” Um, no. American Idol has had its bizarre winners, and lest we go into the scary arena of politics, I’ll just stop here and say, “When are the masses ever right?”

    Your blog is looking so lovely, I’m thinking it’s a new banner? If not, it’s still beautiful.

  7. We watched the first season of DWTS. I have no idea why, but we never watched it again till a couple of weeks ago. The television was on that channel, and we couldn’t pull ourselves away. It’s very entertaining.

    My daughter in law is a naturalized American citizen also. She and my son have a playful bet in the works. He says S P will never get the Republican nomination, and my DIL says don’t be so sure. It will be interesting to see how this unfolds. American politics – you gotta wonder.

    I’m loving these recent posts.
    Bella

  8. I haven’t watched the show at all, but have heard a lot about this season’s competition. As for Sarah Palin, she scares the heck out of me. She’s not smart enough to be in any political office and is far too devoted to spreading her beliefs. I don’t want to live in a theocracy; we have enough frightening examples of them in this world.

  9. Every single word you wrote in this post…every single one…well, it came out of my brain. Of course, I wouldn’t have put them together as eloquently as you, but I could not agree more.

    And I, too, was so hooked on that show for all the same reasons as you — and I was so glad when Jennifer won!

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