'Dancing with the Stars' Goes Political
'Dancing with the Stars' Goes Political
Dancing with the Stars said good-bye to Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff last night in perhaps the least-shocking elimination in the show's history. Seriously, who didn't know that the chef would be leaving? He barely registers a blip on the audience's charism-o-meter. Don't get me wrong, I think he's a great guy, but dude has absolutely zero natural talent in dance, zero chemistry with Karina, and zero sense of rhythm. I'm surprised he made it this far. As Bruno Tonioli said on Monday night, “My accountant does a better samba!”

Notwithstanding the predictable elimination, last night's results show was actually pretty entertaining. This is saying a lot because I usually find Dancing with the Stars results shows to be just about the dullest hour of television in the entire week – and I'm even watching 90210 too! I think it was the spoof political ads that made the evening for me.
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With only three weeks left in the election season (that is, before the campaigning for the midterm elections starts, like, the very next day), Dancing with the Stars decided to join in the fun of those fear-mongering attack ads that are all but ubiquitous these days.

These kinds of smear ads, from either side of the political spectrum, usually infuriate me because they contain precious little real content. They aim to create suspicion and fear in the viewer by taking things out of context and bending the truth. It drives me nuts, and it honestly worries me to think that some people might be making their decision about whom to vote for based on these types of ads.

But I do love spoofs, and Dancing with the Stars perfectly captured the spirit of these political smear ads. They all featured a male voice asking loaded rhetorical questions casting suspicion on, say, the purported manliness of Cody Linley or the sanity of Lance Bass, underscored with ominous music.

The three best ads in my opinion were the ones attacking Brooke Burke, Cloris Leachman and Susan Lucci.

Brooke's ad, “paid for by the rest of the dance,” delivered a sentiment that we have all felt at one point or another in our lives: It's time to say no to hot chicks who can dance. Seriously. It's so unfair that some people have it all.

I enjoyed the ad attacking Cloris Leachman because it is reminiscent of those conservative political ads that complain about government spending. (Full disclosure: I am an unapologetic tax and spend liberal.) The ad goes like this: “Bribing the judges: $23. Stealing props: $12. Delaying live television: $37,462. Hasn't Cloris Leachman cost this production enough? Paid for by the Dancing with the Stars accounting department.”

Finally, we have Cloris' ad attacking Susan Lucci. The narrator says, “Did you know that [Susan Lucci] has killed a grizzly bear, been accused of murder, joined a traveling circus, was married nine times, was a Vegas showgirl, and staged a prison break?” At the bottom of the screen are the words “as Erica Kane.” The ad ends with a clip from All My Children, in which Susan's Erica Kane screams, “I am a filthy beast!”

Hopefully, Dancing with the Stars will keep the results shows fresh and fun as the season continues. Next week, four new styles will be introduced to the competition. They are the hustle, jitterbug, salsa and West coast swing. I’m looking forward to it. Are you?



-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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