Karamo Brown‘s “Halloween Night” elimination from “Dancing with the Stars” wasn’t nearly as surprising as Sailor Brinkley-Cook‘s the week before — we saw this one coming — but it was nearly as unjust, according to our readers. Only 10% of fans we polled thought Brinkley-Cook deserved to go, and now only 11% agree with Brown’s ouster. Scroll down for our complete poll results.
Brown was in the bottom two once before, back in week four when he and basketball star Lamar Odom were the unlucky contestants. But Odom had drastically lower scores, so the judges unanimously decided to save Brown from elimination. This time, however, Brown landed at the bottom with Kate Flannery. It was a split decision: Carrie Ann Inaba voted that Brown should stick around, but Bruno Tonioli and then tie-breaker Len Goodman voted to save Flannery, so Brown was out.
Brown had the second lowest judges’ scores this season out of the remaining contestants, but this still didn’t seem like a decision the judges particularly wanted to be making, and America didn’t like those options either. Only 8% of our poll respondents thought Flannery should have been eliminated instead. That means the remaining 81% of fans thought the dancer who should have been eliminated wasn’t even in the bottom two … again.
The “Queer Eye” star told “Entertainment Tonight” after his elimination that he still feels “like a winner.” He explained, “To see [Sean Spicer’s] reaction tonight and to have the conversations I’ve been having with him shows that if you could just show kindness, maybe you could influence somebody who has different points of view than you. And that’s what’s been happening.”
Brown got flack at the beginning of the season when he defended Spicer’s casting on the show, but the fact of the matter is that Spicer is the reason Brown was booted. Not from the backlash, per se, but from the fact that Spicer is by far the lowest-scoring dancer remaining in the competition and the current “Dancing with the Stars” voting system enables a rabid fan base to render the dancing irrelevant. A number of Spicer supporters may be voting for “DWTS” just to own the libs, which is exactly the kind of political divisiveness host Tom Bergeron was worried about when he too objected to Spicer’s casting in a rare public statement.
But if Brown really does have influence on Spicer’s beliefs, perhaps he could influence Spicer to speak on his behalf because the White House press secretary’s former boss thinks it should be legal to fire people like Brown from a job for being gay. That’s what friends are for.
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