Apparently not everyone is a fan of Bristol Palin, and that was made abundantly clear when a package containing white powder was reportedly delivered to CBS. A threatening note was included, sparking concern for the young star.
"This is what will happen to you if Bristol Palin stays on [the show]," the note said, according to sources at CBS who spoke to TMZ. The package also contained white powder, which could have been the bio-agent anthrax, but tests came back negative and revealed it was harmless.
Officials are taking the threat seriously, though, given Palin's very public lifestyle and the fact that this is the second threat she has received while on "Dancing With the Stars."
Back in 2010, when Palin first competed on the series, she and partner Mark Ballas both received threats. Executives attempted to diffuse the situation by having Ballas cease using social websites during the competition and worked to keep Palin safe during the investigation.
It was essentially the same package that was mailed this week, with a letter containing white powder. Investigators later said it was talcum powder, but worked to locate the letter's sender.
"Everyone is genuinely worried," a CBS source told TMZ in 2010. "This is a dance competition, and it's just gotten crazy."
Of course, the public is reacting with shock that someone would do such a thing over a dance competition. The Palin family has not issued a statement and will continue to follow their representatives' suggestion to remain silent on the matter.
"Good grief, people can dislike her but some need a real life. This girl is harmless and the hate people build for her is bordering on psychopathic patheticness [sic]," posted E! Online reader X.
Of course, some see the threat as a reflection of the political climate, given the timing with the Presidential debate being held this week. One E! reader suggested that CBS "have Bristol (and her mom) on in NON-ELECTION years."
"It wouldn't be so influential in the off years, and if you really wanted to see how could dance that would be the fair thing to do," added Mary Ann.