Let me preface this post by saying that I do not watch “Dancing with the Stars”. My television watching over the last few months has consisted mostly of NCIS, South Park, and Opinion-News shows.
So I was a little confused when I saw an article stating that the show had caused a 15 hour standoff between an elderly drunk man and the police:
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Steven N. Cowan, 66, railed at the television as the daughter of former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin appeared on the ABC program, his wife told police Monday after she fled from the town of Vermont house, according to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court.
According to the complaint, Cowan and his wife were watching “Dancing with the Stars” when Cowan jumped up and swore as Bristol Palin appeared, saying something about “the (expletive) politics.” Cowan was upset that a political figure’s daughter was on the show when he didn’t think she was a good dancer, the complaint states.
According to the complaint:
Cowan went upstairs for about 20 minutes and returned, demanding his pistols, which had been taken by his daughter about a month ago for safety reasons. He was carrying a single-shot shotgun, which he loaded and fired into the television.
Now I see that the opinion-news shows this morning are full of stories that Bristol Palin was due to be kicked off the show, but that the cell phone vote brought her back in with an overwhelming majority.
So I’m left thinking: Maybe this guy had the right idea. Or maybe its a sign that our television shows have become so focused on profits that they’ve lost any artistic merit. Maybe its a sign that news has become nothing but entertainment. But maybe, just maybe, its a sign that I need to turn off my fucking television and find something productive to do.
Right after this episode of NCIS.