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DWTS and Fallout

Okay, I know when I’m sunk. I’m going to have to wade in here. I know. No surprise there.

I agree that Bristol should never have gotten this far in the competition. I also agree that her rise on the show is politically motivated on the part of her mother’s influence.

The problem is that I feel sorry for the girl. She’s not stupid. She knows, has always known, that what she’s doing benefits her mother only. Yes, she’s undoubtedly lost a few pounds and learned a few dance steps. But–and this is critical to remember–she wanted to go home two/three weeks ago. She’s not comfortable in this position and rightfully so.

She’s become an untutored figurehead for her mother’s political ambitions through this process and the show. She knows she shouldn’t be standing on the finalist’s podium. Her partner–judging by his visible shock–knows it, too.

Now she must live with that knowledge for the rest of her life. She’s basically a shy, repressed young woman who’s being put in an untenable situation, which certainly isn’t fair to her. I’m not upset with her, as you can tell. I’m upset with those around her who put her in this position. They should be ashamed of their own behavior.

IF she does take home the trophy, her life in the press will become a living nightmare. She’ll always be considered a cheat. And to me, that’s the tragedy in this situation. Nobody wins really, especially not Bristol.



  1. November 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I agree, it can’t feel good to know you’ve won under mixed circumstances, no matter how you slice it. Bristol is young and naive, but not utterly daft. Let the teen mom activist go home and be a teen mom!


  2. Kara
    November 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    I completely agree with you Claudsy. I also think that if everyone that thought she was being kept on the show because of her mother, should stop to think that maybe they should have voted for other contestants. Any other contestant. I am shocked that she wasn’t voted off the show weeks ago. But I can’t complain about it because I DIDN”T VOTE. If more people voted for Maks and Brandy or anyone else, this wouldn’t have happened. I was strongly considering not watching the show anymore because of this, but like I said, I shouldn’t complain. I was too complacent to vote. I guess I learned my lesson. If I care enough about something to get upset about it, I should make my voice heard and VOTE.

  3. claudsy
    November 17, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    I’ve always found it sad that politicians have to use children to get votes or push their agendas. Poor Bristol has already been through the media mill with her pregnancy during her mother’s campaign. Now this.

    I would like to see fairness in such things as DWTS. Unfortunately, there is always one group who has to ruin it for others and fairness seldom enters the equation. I’m with Holly Lisle on that one. True fairness doesn’t exist, only levels of justice.

  4. November 18, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I think Bristol is an inspiration for all the teen moms out there. In a way, she symbolizes that her life is not over when she gets pregnant. It’s the beginning. Teenage pregnancy happens more often than we realize. In high school, I know at least ten people who got knocked up before the age of eighteen. We need a role model for them–those that strives to give a better life for their children no matter how hard it is.

    I’m not a fan of Sarah Palin but I commend her for being there for her Bristol when she got knocked up.

  5. November 21, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I agree with you Clauds. I think Bristol’s poise and strength are and should be an inspiration to many. I applaude her character. As for Sarah Palin, I dont think she is wonderful in a political arena however, I enjoy her as a person. She is “real” in many ways that other tv personalities are not.


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