I came back from last nightâ€™s romantic Indian dinner and decadent hot fudge sundae (thanks Ilan) to a show I was half dreading. My own sixth sense is akin to the one that Haley Joel Osment channeled in that blockbuster M. Night Shymalan film. RE: We both live in a perpetual state of fear of some tortured event that will likely leave us devastated. In other words, weâ€™re always waiting for the other shoe to drop and last night, as my shoelace kept untying on my walk home from dinner, I knew something was askew.
And it wasnâ€™t just Indian heartburnâ€¦
The following is my rebuttal to an initially emotional and irrational reaction to the news that TEAM RINNA was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars.
Iâ€™ve been a loyal fan of your broadcasting network for years. Even when I was little, I secretly fancied Peter Jennings over Dan Rather and Tom Brokaw. Sure, he wasnâ€™t as smart a newscaster as Brokaw or as self-righteously indignant as Rather, but Jennings had an air about him. This epiphany clouded my opinion of the three major networks and definitely cast a shadow over NBC and CBS. Having felt this strong alliance and illustrated such an intense loyalty at such an impressionable age, you will be disheartened to know that Iâ€™ve now banned your programming for a week.
In response to last nightâ€™s results on Dancing with the Stars, I have waged my own variation of a non-violent protest. As a sacrifice, I will not swoon over Dr. McDreamy over at Greyâ€™s Anatomy nor will I ask myself for the umpteenth time what Meredith Grey sees in him while screaming at the TV. Nor will I demand to know the true identity of â€śthe othersâ€ť over on that Lost island. Such things are trivial now. The minutia that transcends our daily lives and filters into our subconscious and conscious existences seems so trite. Iâ€™ve been a fool for you ABC and a tool I will be no longer.
Shame on you ABC for treating us, your loyal viewers, in such a lascivious manner, completely discarding our votes, giving us busy signals when we dialed in for Lisa & Louis. You not only denied them our love, but you neglected your biggest fans.
Moreover, youâ€™ve insulted our collective intelligence week after week by refusing to publicly reveal the number of votes each team received from on-line polls and call-ins. If our vote counts so much (or as least as much as Bruno Tonioliâ€™s and Len Goodmanâ€™s) why not show us the figures, the percentages. Speak to us in numbers that mean something.