Is Reality TV Worth Erin Andrews Risking Her Life?

Earlier this month, TMZ.com reported a man in Newport News, VA., sent this email to the Dan Patrick Show in late March:

Erin Andrews on Dancing With The Stars

“I would like to see if Erin Andrews can dance her way through a hail of gunfire. Better yet I would love to shoot her with a Barrett rifle. Get the pun — her stalker was mr. Barrett and the barrett rifle is an ultra expensive 50 cl. rifle with a range over a mile.

“In spite of this email and others, law enforcement sources tell us the FBI is resistant to making an arrest, because authorities believe the author is engaging in free speech … which is protected.”

“By the way, sources familiar with the author tell us he’s 6′9″ and very bulky.”

TMZ.com previously reported several other emails from the same person directed at Andrews to the Dan Patrick Show that included more death threats and specifically referenced a “suicide vest.”

Erin Andrews on Dancing With The Stars

Knowing the seriousness of the stalker ordeal that Andrews just went through, if TMZ and Andrews attorney Marshall Grossman’s depiction of these fresh threats is completely accurate, why on earth would the FBI refuse to arrest the man?

Erin Andrews on Dancing With The Stars Despite Death Threats

(In wake of TMZ reports of gun violence threats, worth it?)

If, god forbid, Andrews was somehow victimized physically by the emailer in the future, wouldn’t the FBI and Newport News police be blamed for not taking the man into custody? Can you imagine the uproar?

Erin Andrews on Dancing With The Stars

Despite these new reported threats - with the source of them reportedly still on the loose - Andrews was back on the reality show Dancing With The Stars last night, witness these screen captures from her performance.

So why is Andrews still out there? She recently explained the reason to People.com:

“I have a dance on Monday and I don’t want to let Maks down, I don’t want to let my family down, and I don’t want to let myself down.”

Knowing about the reported death threats against Andrews, if you were a family member of her, what would your reaction be to that statement?

Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

We all get that Andrews deserves to do the things that the rest of us do in life. But when you’re a public figure willing to participate in tabloid media coverage of your life, there are often certain precautions and lifestyle choices you must observe that others don’t have to worry about.

That’s the tradeoff to the trappings of tabloid-fueled famed. Yes, the tabloids and celebrity media helped Andrews land an appearance on a reality show. But the notoriety created by the business of celebrity-for-the-sake-of-celebrity can also lead to other, unintended consequences.

If TMZ and attorney Grossman’s reports of her email stalker are completely accurate, I’m flummoxed why Andrews would put her life at risk for the sake of a reality show.

Or maybe there’s something I’m missing here.