A few days ago the Los Angeles Times ran a story that the ABC show Dancing With The Stars was suffering a major ratings slump. Possible causes were that it was being hurt by another dancing show against it on FOX and a yet another "CSI Somewhere" on CBS. The article also speculated that the weak lineup of D-List "Celebrities" on the show might have something to do with the viewer falloff.
Well, problem solved! People simply weren't watching the show because Tom DeLay was on it. Most people were boycotting the show because they refused to watch a truly horrible human being try to remake himself by waltzing and smirking into the American zeitgeist. Turns out that the world does not revolve around Republicans and right wing crazies. The former Republican congressman, who is currently indicted in Texas on criminal charges of conspiracy to violate election laws, quit the show after sustaining two stress fractures in his feet. Apparently the absence of one of the sleaziest and most corrupt elected officials ever did wonders for the dance show's ratings. This week's numbers for the DeLay-less Dancing soared.
What were the producers and Disney/ABC thinking when they cast DeLay in the first place? Did they believe that after seeing him do a samba, America would forget what a repulsive human being he is and embrace him in its collective bosom? Did they really think that the majority of Americans were represented by the medication-deprived Tea Baggers who terrorized the country with lies and threats of violence? Who's the moron who thought it would be a great idea to have one of these lunatics dance alongside Donny Osmond? Glenn Beck wasn't available? Earth to ABC... People don't want to see these people anymore.
It's about time the mainstream media got their faces out of the wingnut's behinds. They are a tiny but vocal minority. Their presence on television and hatred for America repulses most of the country. They are not entertaining and cute. They are dangerous and Americans don't like them shoved to the forefront of entertainment and news shows. However the corporate media will continue to force these cretins on the public because they are in bed with them financially.
Hopefully, some will see that America has become a mostly centrist-left leaning country. Conservatism (Especially the way it's being practiced in Washington today) is dying. Maybe it might have been smarter to cast someone from the left like Barney Frank instead of DeLay on Dancing. It might not have been pretty to watch, but I guarantee ratings would have gone through the roof.
It's been a good week. President Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Tom DeLay and Rush Limbaugh have both been banished from the popular culture scene. Hopefully ABC/Disney will take note. But I doubt it.