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Man Shoots TV Over Bristol's 'Dancing' Routine

11/17/2010 1:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A SWAT team posted up outside a home in Wisconsin yesterday -- after a shotgun toting 67-year-old man blasted his TV because he was so enraged with Bristol Palin's performance on "Dancing with the Stars."

Bristol Palin Dancing With the Stars

Local authorities claim Steven Cowan (left) told officers that he felt Palin was not a good dancer and that she was only on the show because of her famous mother.

Officials say Cowan was so pissed after Monday's show -- that he fired at his television set and then aimed the gun at his wife ... though she managed to escape the house.

The SWAT team surrounded the home -- but negotiators were able to talk Cowan into surrendering early Tuesday morning. Authorities claim Cowan suffers from bipolar disorder.

Cowan was charged with 2nd degree reckless endangerment and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.


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People are losing it w/ the bs all around them. He was right: she is only going to finals to keep her mother in the limelight and promote her run against Obama in 2012.

1404 days ago


Liberals are crazY? I don't think so. Statistically speaking, the smarter you are, the more likely you are to be a liberal. Its the conservatives who are primitive and lack any real intellectual sophistication. Republicans are generally inbred.

1404 days ago


People are voting because she's Palin's daughter. The truth is the girl canot dance. They have loss another viewer as well. She herself needs to just step down and move on. She's a looser like her mom.

1403 days ago


Clearly ABC is in the bed with Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. Why else would Sarah Palin's comments been part of the commentaries and not the parents, spouses, and friends of the REAL celebrity dancers on DWTS? It is just another perpetrated fraud for money. If the Palins represent the model family with values, this country is in a more pathetic situation that anyone can imagine.

1403 days ago


Momma Palin must have rented a call centers for called in votes. Momma Palin you did your daughter wrong! Republican or Democrat anyone can see she is an amateur, she is not one that should have made it into the finals! The show is based on the BEST DANCERS! What is really sad this has really hurt the show! Everyone I have talked to will not watch the new show. Everyone is done watching. This last show will have good reviews because everyone will watch just to see if Palins daughter will be the final winner. DANCING WITH THE STARS BETTER PRAY SHE DOES NOT WIN, cause if she does the show will go off the air! The viewers will not watch the show next time around! Ending stating to Momma Palin: “Shame on you!” You have caused bad publicity for your daughter and yourself. Sadness is the poor daughter didn’t deserve this! Momma Palin did her daughter wrong!

1402 days ago

K. Mead.    

Together, him and Stephen Slater could rule the world.

1402 days ago

Jeremy Parker    

The show isn't called shooting with the stars! Why does he have a gun that close to him anyways and shoots a TV with it. The guy spells dumb(or can't even spell dumb). Now he has to by a new TV and faces jail... DUH!! Dumb fairy knocked him straight in the jaw and kept hitting him if you ask me.

1401 days ago


I completely understand. Maybe his wife is a b a g g e r as well? In that case, it's too bad he missed. :/

Posted at 8:25 AM on Nov 17, 2010 by Stephanie M
and heres another example of how hate filled and demented leftwing nutjobs are!
whats the matter harvey, not having the effect you wanted? sorry, not gonna bash a ******gers kid no matter how i feel about her mother.
============================================= This just shows how closely racism is in conjunction with republicanism. see how this user, "SayWhat" refers to a n**gers kid when he thinks about democracy. Even though the man in this story is CLEARlY a Caucasian gentleman. Republicanism is FUELED by racism. I am Caucasian, and I'm not denying it. Racism is a sickness, people of off races and religions have their beauty. Blacks got beaten up for hundreds of years by the hand of the white man and there are TONS who rose above it, some still oppressed by the stigma but they are humans just as we. They came hear in slavery and poverty, with our strange language and yet they still aspired to learn! You sick racist people! The first thing that leaves your mouth after you show your true colors is "BUT I have a friend who has a black friend!" "or I tried dating a black girl before, Im not racist". What you dont know is that your lies do not mask your cold, evil heart.

1400 days ago


What i love is that this guy is going to go to jail for shotting his tv and pointing a gun at his wife, but a killer, rapest,etc....get away with it.

1398 days ago


It's funny how articles like these never fail to leave out bi-polar conditions. Would it be so difficult to say "untreated" bi-polar? I'm bi-polar and there isn't a chance in the world I'd do something that crazy lol.

1394 days ago
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