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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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SayWhat    

bwahahaha!!! a couple of words that you put together are enough to get you investigated. lmao!!!

Posted at 8:56 AM on Nov 17, 2010 by SayWhat

LOL....free speech....:D

Posted at 9:09 AM on Nov 17, 2010 by Jackie
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lol... until you put certain words together that prompt an investigation

1406 days ago
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JimmyStewart    

Sounds like another Facebook post is due from Sarah Palin. Only on Facebook it's the liberal media who unfairly focus on her family. Doesn't starting a reality show, sending your daughter around to hypocritically promote abstinence (because it worked so well for her) and now sending your daughter to Dancing with the Stars count as putting your family out front and center? It's Sarah who should be stopped, not her daughter. Her daughter can't help the idiot who raised her. Next time this guy should take some shots at Faux News.

1406 days ago
93.

StinkyLiberals    

Just shows you how mentally ill democrats really are. Pathetic.

1406 days ago
94.

bobby    

this reads like an Onion headline

1406 days ago
95.

Dino     

A lot of people with Mental disorders in this country starting for Sarah Palin herself.... That is what a call "#1 Crazy Bitch" & whoever is behind her you can imagen the name that I have for those!

1406 days ago
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Kentucky Bootleg    

1) Watching Network/Cable TV shows when you're over 40 is puzzling. You'd think people would get tired after so many years on this planet. I have.

2) Political Obsession is a disease like I've seen no other and is rapidly turning people in to crazy, non-logical beings IMO.

3) If watching DWTS is what set him off then he had a rage building up to it.

1406 days ago
97.

Megs    

This is why we need to make mental healthcare in our society better. We need to get gentlemen like this guy treatment for his bipolar disorder, not just stick him in jail for 10 years where his mental health will be ignored (since healthcare in jails is horrid, mental healthcare is even worse).

1406 days ago
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ItzJustTV    

This only confirms the fact that all of the "talent" shows like DWTS which allow viewer voting are nothing more than popularity contests. Bristol Palin is cleary not a better dancer than Brandy, but I say, so what, it's just an entertainment TV show. Part of the "mystique" of the show is to see the unexpected happen. If the show's producer's wanted a real talent contest, they'd have only the panel of judges voting. But of course, that would eliminate the TV audience from participating and Nielson ratings would be in the toilet. So we'd better not hear any complaints from Len and the others, if they don't like the results, tough crap, go moan and groan to the show's producers to make them change the voting format. Which of course is not gonna happen, I'm sure they love the controversy, it's great for ratings.

1406 days ago
99.

cochino    

ROTFL........... *inhale* ROTFL.............

1406 days ago
100.

TMZgossip    

crazy fools watching a modern-day Tiny Talent Time

1406 days ago
101.

becky - Las Vegas    

If I had a gun, I'd consider the same thing.

1406 days ago
102.

Carl    

That's surprising. This guy seems like the poster child for Palin supporters.

1406 days ago
103.

andy    

Hilarious!!! Glad that no one was hurt, other than the television, of course!!!

Dude, . . . just turn it off!!!

1406 days ago
104.

angeleyes    

Well I don't agree with his actions but I do agree that although Bristol has improved greatly in her dancing she did not deserve to be in the finals - She's a nice young woman it seems but this is a dance competition and certainly Brandy had consistently better performances.
As for her mother - well she's a loose canon IMO - pretty woman but sure not one I'd vote for having her finger on a bomb - or making policy for the majority of people -

1406 days ago
105.

Phoenix    

I thought the show was "Dancing with the Stars." When and where did Bristol Pallin become a star.

You have got to be kidding me. Bristol Pallin defeats Brandy as a dancer. What a joke.

Speaking of jokes, "Dancing with the Stars" your show has become a joke. Congratulations on being the political arm to the tea party!

1406 days ago
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