I’m not a big fan of “Dancing with the Stars” primarily because there is so little actual dancing. The emcee talks to the audience. He talks to the judges. Endless commercials play. The judges talk to each other. We see a montage of video clips from rehearsal. More commercials. More talking and then… 2 minutes of dancing!
Ok, I can admit that those precious few moments of gliding and jiving is a treat to watch but I have no stamina for the inaneness of the banter in between. I dance a little myself (usually motivated by edibles) but no one would mistake my gyrations for a paso doble or waltz. Wilbur, however, has some real talent and is able to pirouette round and round. He even snaps his head around like a real ballerina.
Respectful of Wilbur’s interest in dance, we plan to record this season of DWTS and watch later when we can fast forward to the dancing parts. Which means that this one hour show takes about 12 minutes to watch. I can easily spare 12 minutes a week doing something my brother enjoys.
I’ve seen a lot of negative chatter around the show’s choice of “stars” in the past but this upcoming season appears to be generating some hateful buzz, and I don’t like (or understand) it.
One Million Moms is one of the loudest groups vowing to boycott the show this season because Chaz Bono is a contestant. They are “outraged” that DWTS would allow a transgender dancer (apparently he offends their loving and tolerant Christian sensibilities) as well as Carson Kresley — fashion icon who happens to be gay.
Why do humans attach labels and stereotypes to each other leading to intolerance and fear? Live and let live! Love and let love, I always say!
Here’s a portion of a recent post on One Million Moms, just to give you a (bitter) taste of what they are encouraging:
This is completely unacceptable and Christians should not watch the show, no excuses! Kressley will be paired up with a female dancer, and since Chasity, transformed to Chaz after her sex change in 2009, will also be paired with a female dancer. To push the envelope even further for a program that could be a family show but is obviously not, Kressley is also author of the children’s book You’re Different and That’s Super, a children’s book promoting the homosexual lifestyle to children.
As a curious canine I read, and in my understanding Christians are taught to emulate compassion, tolerance, acceptance, peace and love. I don’t remember Jesus ever teaching his followers to promote hate, intolerance, anger and bigotry.
Instead of being the bullies (toward the LGBT individuals) why don’t they use their voice to promote anti-bullying? I suppose I’ll never understand some humans…
In doggie circles we don’t discriminate the way you bipeds do. If I meet a dog who’s a jerk, well I choose not to hang out with him — and that’s the only way I judge. All the park pups get a fair shake because we don’t care about “labels” — every size, color, shape, sexual orientation, neutered or au natural we’re all the same species. We’re all interconnected so why would we shun any one delineation of dog?
Take a lesson humans, love and let love!
And if you tune into DWTS next week, Wilbur & I would love to discuss it with you.
ps: For a very funny, sarcastic take on One Million Moms’ stance, check out this post from the Good Men Project (daddy bloggers).