Say the name Bristol Palin, and you'll usually get a strong reaction. This was certainly the case on Friday when ABC revealed that the reality TV personality would be participating in "Dancing With the Stars: All Stars" this fall.
"It's called All STARs! How exactly is Bristol a STAR? Or a dancer?" wrote reader Kelly Chapman on our Facebook page.
"Palin has to be the biggest joke ever! You mean there wasn't one other person out of over 100 dancers you could choose from?" commented Michele Moran McDevitt.
You get the idea. (Yeah that is just BARELY the idea. This reporter cherry picked the comments to find a few that were not as damning as many others that were on that page, yet still managed to make her point. Here is a more honest example:Keep that douchebag, lying, hypocritical bitch out of DTWS!! I will not watch her fat ass roll around the floor again. Enough of the trailer park trash Palin family!! They are like an incurable cancer!! See my point?)
With such reactions in mind, we caught up with "Dancing With the Stars" producer Deena Katz and asked her whether the young Palin will be just as polarizing in her second go-round on the hit show.
"I don't know. I wonder about her," Katz told TODAY.com. "I wonder about everyone. These guys were the charm of their season. ... Do they all have the effect they have before? It's not just Bristol. It's all of them. I'm so curious to see how the audience votes because all of these people were the sparkle of their season."
Ms. Katz is being very diplomatic here, but in reality it is NOT "all of them" that she really needs to be that concerned about.
Unlike her fellow competitors, who have each accomplished SOMETHING in their lives to gain their "fame," Bristol is solely the product of reflected fame, and has simply held on tight to her mother's coattails until they deposited her at the door of DWTS once again.
During her first stint she was able to stay on well past her expiration date solely due to the well publicized efforts of the Palin-bots who were still laboring under the false, and ridiculous assumption that the Grizzled Mama was going to run for the GOP nomination.
This time without that political prick tease to agitate the paint chips eaters, it is unlikely that Bristol will fair anywhere near as well.
And for a young woman who has demonstrated a rather limited ability to handle stress ("Get out of the car Gino!"), and whose entire life has been taken over by a crazy ass stage mother on steroids, this cannot be something that is ultimately in Bristol's best interests. Nor for that matter Tripp's, even though she claims that HE is the reason she does these things.
So yes this producer should indeed be very concerned about Bristol. Because considering how completely manipulated she has been most of her life, and the psychological damage THAT has clearly caused, there really is no telling how this experience will affect her, or the people with whom she is expected to perform.