Thursday, Dec. 09, 2010

Bristol Palin Dances in a Gorilla Suit

If Dancing with the Stars were a normal show, Bristol Palin's gorilla-suit jive might be seen as the moment it jumped the shark. Presenting the daughter of a former vice-presidential candidate — a young woman whose claim to fame was an unintended pregnancy that made a mockery of her mother's political stances — as a "star" is one thing. Dressing her up in a gorilla suit and forcing her to dance to the Monkees' theme song is quite another. But Dancing with the Stars is not a normal show. The unselfconscious ridiculousness in these few minutes is the entire point of the series — a fact that DWTS viewers cherish; their votes sent Bristol all the way to the finals.