Okay, I haven’t said anything yet about this because I didn’t want to jinx anything. But now I think it’s time to speak out: if you watch Dancing With The Stars
, it is your civic duty to keep Bristol Palin from winning and to vote for R&B singer Brandy Norwood
You may recall an older blog post here where I griped about the fact that no Black woman has ever won
on the ABC “reality” (I use the term loosely because I don’t consider it a reality show — it’s a talent competition show like Star Search
, but I digress) show Dancing With The Stars
. I pointed out that, despite some solid dancing skills by such contestants as singers Mya and Melanie Brown and boxer Laila Ali, especially in the case of Mya being a finalist against Donny Osmond, the show has yet to produce a Black female winner.
Well, again, I have kept quiet in my thoughts about Brandy’s chances and went for a “wait and see” approach. Now I see that she has proven to be a solid contender with real dancing skills so now I am speaking out. Vote for Brandy! Vote for Brandy! Vote for Brandy!
Another reason for my speaking out now: Bristol Palin!
First of all, what the hell is Bristol Palin doing as a contestant on the show to begin with?! I mean, correct me if I am wrong but is not the premise of Dancing With The Stars
to pair celebrities
with professional dancers on the show? How does Bristol Palin qualify as a celebrity???
What is Bristol Palin famous for, other than being a daughter of a controversial and polarizing political figure? Sarah
Palin qualifies as a “celebrity” for the show more than her daughter Bristol does! Bristol is a teen mom? So are any number of other
teenaged moms so why aren’t they
Bristol is an advocate for teen pregnancy? Is that
enough of a qualification to be considered a “celebrity”? I think not!
Now, getting past my original umbrage at Bristol’s inclusion on the show as a celebrity, comes political conspiracy theories
for why the heck she is even still on the show despite not being a good dancer and repeatedly being voted at the bottom by the judges.
Even the show’s own producer, Conrad Green, admits the possibility that Bristol Palin could be benefitting from mom Sarah Palin’s teat party supporters campaigning to keep her in the competition, basically overruling the judges. As such, a normally nondescript and entertaining competition show now is in the middle of a mild political controversy because of the young Ms. Palin.
Nothing against Bristol Palin herself but come on, now! Enough is enough! It’s time that true talent prevails on a talent
competition show. If Bristol Palin, a non
-celebrity on a celebrity
competition show who is not that good, is permitted to win over real talented celebrities, then it makes a mockery of the show just as the much vaunted FOX series American Idol
has become a joke in terms of competition and talent.
Moreover, I am tired of seeing talented Black women on the show getting bypassed because of these voting campaigns. Mya should have won against Donny Osmond. Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice” of The Spice Girls) should have won in the season that she was on. Laila Ali, who genuinely surprised me with her graceful moves which completely belie the fact that she is a boxer, should have won.
So say it with me, everyone:
VOTE FOR BRANDY! VOTE FOR BRANDY!! VOTE FOR BRANDY!!!
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