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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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missy    

I didn't realize DWTS even tranmitted to Wisconsin! Shouldn't this guy be making cheese or something?

1444 days ago
32.

Bunny that earns scooby snacks!    

GOOD FOR HIM!

The show owes him a TV. :P

1444 days ago
33.

vao    

Let this be a warning. If there are enough nut jobs to keep Bristol on this show, there are more than enough to get her mother elected in 2012. I fear for the future.

1444 days ago
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anony    

Awesome. I hope he's invited to be a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

1444 days ago
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grandmacc    

Go Bristol, we love you !!!!!!! Everyone else has had dancing experience, and you had none, which means you worked twice as hard ! ! ! People, quit hating Bristol because you don't like her Mother, not fair. How many of you would like to be judged on how people like your Mother?????
How could a nut case like this stupid man get in the news period, wow this TMZ is something else ! I watch this TMZ guy downing Sarah Palin on TV so it isn't fair he is writing things about Bristol just to get some low shots at Sarah. Not good news.

1444 days ago
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Tinalouise    

Umm.. If i owned a gun I would have done the same thing!! It is completely wrong that Bristol is still there and Brandy isn't. Yes I voted, many times and Kurt and Brandy are gone so why bother voting anymore or even watching this stupid show when it is just so unfair.

1444 days ago
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gigi    

Who knew this type of guy would take Dancing with the Stars so seriously? That is just stupid, and then is going to face prison time if he gets convicted.

1444 days ago
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TXluvsMJ2    

IF YOU DIDNT LIKE THE RESULTS YOU SHOULD HAVE VOTED THE WAY THE ******GERS DID!

You have more problems than the man who shot his tv. No you didn't just say (or try to say) what I think you did twice. You racist MFer. Figure that one out *******.

Stacy, Alexa, I know you two are busy with your mouths full so I won't even start on you two. Me2, a word of advice. When they get done be sure to eat an apple and take some anti-biotics.

1444 days ago
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cornflakegirl    

hahahaha - I don't know which is funnier - the fact this guy would shoot the tv over a dance performance or that a guy who looks like that watches DWTS at all.

1444 days ago
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cindy smith    

what a joke, Bristol Palin is not even a star, she is the daughter of a drop-out governor, she should have never been on DWTS. The only vote that should count should be the 3 judges, not the audience- as they can vote multiple times. Her mother probably used robo callers and her political pals to call in. Brandy was robbed!!! DWTS is off my viewing list.

1444 days ago
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Dave    

This is freakin' awesome! Liberals will continue to lose their minds as Palin's power grows. Perhaps many will FINALLY leave the country as the ALWAYS promise to do whenever an election doesn't their way.

1444 days ago
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SayWhat    

Umm.. If i owned a gun I would have done the same thing!! It is completely wrong that Bristol is still there and Brandy isn't. Yes I voted, many times and Kurt and Brandy are gone so why bother voting anymore or even watching this stupid show when it is just so unfair.

Posted at 8:42 AM on Nov 17, 2010 by Tinalouise
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I think you, your household and your neighbors would be safer if you dont own a gun.

Did Brandy deserve to stay?, hell yeah but really... shoot a television?

Get over it already, Sarah Palins followers are being heard whether we like it or not.

1444 days ago
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TXluvsMJ2    

Why do people assume it's because Sarah Palin is her mom that people don't like Bristol.

Be honest: the girl JUST CAN'T DANCE, and doesn't deserve to be there! She always looks so detached when she's dancing, no animation at all, and it looks like Mark is dragging a lifeless mannequin around the floor. If you people think she can dance, you must not have any rhythm yourselves.

1444 days ago
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Ellen    

I think this guy needs to be watched closely by authorities. The underlying reason for shooting the TV seems to be that he hates Sarah Palin.

1444 days ago
45.

Razzy    

Another nutty liberal. As if America doesn't have enough of them already.

1444 days ago
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