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Bristol Inspires Angry ‘DWTS’ Viewer To Brandish Pistol

Lyndsey Parker
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Last night, in what was undoubtedly the biggest shocker of this current "Dancing With The Stars" season, or perhaps ANY season, R&B diva Brandy--a presumed shoo-in for next week's finals--was voted off, while lesser dancer Bristol Palin, a contestant who has consistently received the lowest scores from the judges and who many viewers strongly feel should have gone back to Alaska long ago, stayed on.

This was enough to make me whip out a gun and aim it at my TV set, Elvis-style. And apparently I'm not alone here: According to a bizarre report today by the Associated Press, a 67-year-old rural Wisconsin man named Steven Cowan was so outraged over Bristol "The Pistol" Palin's routine Monday night, he in fact did shoot his television with an actual pistol. This lead to an epic overnight standoff with a SWAT team, while his freaked-out wife escaped from their house unharmed.

Court documents state that Cowan was furious because he felt Bristol isn't a good dancer and is still on "DWTS" only because of her famous hockey mom, former Vice-Presidential candidate and current TLC reality star Sarah Palin. Cowan definitely over-reacted here--so much so that he was charged with second-degree reckless endangerment, and could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison if convicted--but hey, he did have a point. Bristol really should not still be competing on this show.

The standoff at the Cowan residence took place Monday night and lasted until Tuesday morning. It's a good thing Steven was taken into custody before last night's shocking results show--who knows what he might have done if he'd been armed and dangerous when he found out Bristol had actually made it through?

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