Man Arrested for Shooting TV Over Bristol Palin Dance Routine

A 15-hour police stand-off in Wisconsin over Bristol Palin's dance routing on Dancing with the Stars.

Only in America: Cowan

Dane County prosecutors have charged Steven N. Cowan with second-degree reckless endangerment in the incident that made his wife worry that he would shoot her, according to a criminal complaint.

Cowan, 67, and his wife were in the living room Monday night, watching the dance competition program that has featured the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin this season as one of the competitors.

As Bristol Palin danced on the screen, Cowan raged.

"The (expletive) politics," he yelled, according to the complaint. Cowan was upset that a political figure's daughter was on the show when he didn't consider her a good dancer, his wife told authorities.

Cowan went to his bedroom and came back about 20 minutes later, demanding that his wife find his pistols. Cowan's daughter had taken two handguns away for safety reasons, according to the complaint.

Cowan had tracked down a single-shot shotgun in the house, he "slapped" bullets down onto a TV tray, loaded a round and took out the TV, the complaint says.

The Palins just inspire classy behavior everywhere they go.


  1. alguien says

    what is this world coming to when a man can’t even take out his TV in the privacy of his home anymore?

  2. patrick nyc says

    I’m sure cocktails were in no way involved. He should have borrowed Sarah’s helicopter and flown over the studio, better use of the bullets.

  3. rebar says

    Who can blame him? Man, that truck horse needs to be sent packing!
    Like my Irish grannie used to say “it’s time to give that nag the gate”.

  4. JimmyD says

    I feel his pain but who did he inconvenience? How’s he gonna watch ‘Top Model’ or the upcoming season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’???
    (BTW: Happy Birthday Ru!)

  5. candideinncc says

    2ND AMENDMENT! 2ND AMENDMENT! This is EXACTLY what the Founding Fathers (TM) were thinking of in terms of a well-armed militia!

  6. JoshEV says

    what if he’d been angry about the rugby player kissing bruno? and shot the tv out of homophobia? It wouldn’t be “making the day” of everyone reading this post.

    Crazy people are crazy people, and this guy isn’t a Sarah Palin fan– he hates her. Saying she “inspires” his classy behavior is like saying the gays “inspire” classy behavior every time Fred Phelps shows up at a funeral.

    Violence is violence and hatred is hatred.

    He shot a TV because he hates Sarah Palin. Why is this something to cheer about?

  7. Darlinkula says

    Steven N. Cowen shouldn’t be so hard on Republicans…they make a great target in which to aim your spit.

  8. candideinnc says

    josh, he shot the teevee, not the family dog. Violence against an inanimate object is kind of like stomping an empty beer can.

  9. sugarrhill says

    It’s been reported that he’s bipolar. I hope he gets the help he needs. Mental illness is no laughing matter.

  10. Matt S. says

    Note to everyone: If you want to watch dancers, don’t watch “Dancing with the Stars.” They aren’t dancers, they are “stars.” It’s in the title.

  11. patrick nyc says

    No MATT S., they are not dancers and very few are ‘stars’. Brandy and Jennifer Grey, perhaps B list, Bristol? Trailer trash is being generous.

  12. mike says

    @Brain Evils, I mean Veils, I mean Lives, I mean Viles, um, let me try again. Sivle, no, I mean ELVIS was never arrested because, um, well, because he was ELVIS! He also was an honorary Tennessee State Trooper. He also did a lot of drugs. Then he died. Poor Slive. I means, ELVIS!

  13. bobbyjoe says

    If you haven’t watched the show and are thinking to yourself “was her dance routine really THAT bad that it would cause people to shoot their television sets just so they didn’t have to watch another second of it”?

    The answer is yes. Yes, it was really that bad.

  14. anon says

    For those of you not aware of our two-tier justice system here in the US, reckless endangerment is a catch-all crime designed to be a fill-in-the-blank for stupid activity. SCOTUS got rid of the catch-all theft of honest services law for rich people last year 9-0, but kept on the books all the laws that target the poor. Reckless means “you’re an idiot with a public defender” and endangerment means “someone doesn’t like you”. In this case, the endangerment part is probably related to a prior restraining order or something, but there is not a clear indication of what exactly happened. With a decent defense attorney these charges are almost always dropped or pleaded down. He probably should have been charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, which is nice and specific.