Dancing with Who???

I like Dancing with the Stars because I love watching great dancers.  I particularly like the “results” show because it showcases dances by the professionals.

If you haven’t watched the show, they team “stars” with professional dancers who are required to dance several required dances throughout the season and are judged by three professional dancers.  The public gets to vote and their votes combined with the judges’ scores determines whether a couple is voted off or safe until the next week.

As I said, the professional dancers are world-class.  What I find puzzling about the show is the use of the word “stars” to describe the celebrities that are chosen to be on the show.

I know I’m dating myself when I say that when I think of a “star” I think of Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, and Gary Cooper (all before my time, by the way, but still “stars” in my book).  Unfortunately, I don’t think there are any actors or actresses around these days who even fit in the same category of these greats.  It would be interesting if any of these “stars” would’ve agreed to participate on DWTS.

There are sports greats like Olympic gold medalists Apolo Ohno and Kristi Yamagushi who competed on DWTS.  They’re actually “stars” as far as I’m concerned because they actually accomplished something special in their lives.  I know very little about basketball and even less about football so I have no idea if the sports figures who compete are truly “stars” or not.  Marlee Matlin, an Academy Award winning actress, was impressive considering the fact that she couldn’t hear the music.

But too often than not, what I see on Dancing with the Stars are not “stars” but “celebrities” and just about anything qualifies someone as a “celebrity” in today’s America.

There was past House Majority leader turned convicted felon, Tom DeLay.  Bristol Palin, an unwed mother, who was famous only because her mother ran for the Vice Presidency.  One-legged Heather Mills, famous only for taking Paul McCartney for over £24 million after a six-year marriage.  Kim Kardashian, who became “famous” simply because her sex tape was published on the internet.  Kendra Wilkinson, a twenty-something year old “glamour model” (God only knows what that means), who was once one of octogenarian Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends.  (I think I just threw up in my mouth.)  And this season, there’s Robert Kardashian, famous only because he’s “the brother of Kim Kardashian, who became ‘famous’ simply because her sex tape was published on the internet.”

This season there was the child of Cher and Sonny Bono, Chaz Bono, who finally got booted off the show.  The only time I think Chaz would’ve qualified as a “star” was when he appeared with his folks on their tv show back in the 70s.  But that was when he was a she named “Chastity.”  Since then, he had his breasts removed and takes male hormones, but won’t discuss whether he had what he calls “bottom surgery” (which in mind simply makes him a bearded lady without boobs).  Chaz was introduced as an author, activist and public speaker but when he did his own little shtick, he said, “I’m the first transgendered contestant; I was born in a female body and have transitioned and I am now a male.”  I guess in his mind, that’s what makes him a “star.”

I like the show.  I record it and watch the parts I like.  I really don’t care who wins or loses and I’ve never voted for any of the so-called “stars.” But I’m a very literal person and think the producers should change the name of the show to “Dancing with the Professionals.”

I don’t get what makes most of these people “stars,” but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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    First off, I have a friend who is a true transgender and we have been good friends for many years. I don’t start my conversations with, “Oh, as a transgender what do you think we should do about this awful economy”? No, that would be stupid.
    I am skeptical of anyone who has to start their dialogue with an introduction to their particular status. I personally don’t care about your “special” status or sexual proclivities, racial background. The most important thing you can do is to be a good person and help your family and others less fortunate than youself.
    If you want to draw attention to your private issues go on the Springer Show and enjoy your 15 minutes.

  • Roger Ward

    Of course, they’re not real stars …. but would anyone watch DWTFITPFOTMCOACA/C (Dancing With The Flash-In-The-Pan Flavor-Of-The-Moment Celebrity Or Aging Character Actor/Comedian?) It’s television …. and the networks are seeking viewers!

    I doubt that we’ll ever see a Tom Hanks or a Meryl Streep or a Harrison Ford on the show but there’s still entertainment value to be had. Remember the antics of Cloris Leachman? Or the unicycling appearance of the radio guy, Adam Corolla? Or the yellow suit worn by Helio? (Maybe I’m too easily amused.)

    DWTS is just silly froth but it’s still enjoyable …. and Tom Bergeron is the best MC in the business!!

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  • Dave O’Connor

    I’m not drawn to programs such as “Dancing with the Stars” or pseudo-realities. But if you are; fine.
    As to dancing partners, it might be fun to observe the irony of match-ups.
    Such a who would be “Dancing with..**WHOM***.
    For media-monitors, did someone doze?

  • Neil1981

    Chaz Bono and his partner were on the show too long.
    They benefited from the sympathy and fan vote as Chazs’ dance moves were pathetic. It was agonizing to watch but I do give him credit for being on the show and at least giving it his best. I probably could not have done much better.
    With that said he clearly was on the show to attract viewers (for ABC) and to push/expose his transgendered agenda (GLAAD)as much as he could as this is how he makes his living.
    Agreed that he is simply a women with her breasts removed and takes male hormones as he has not had the “bottom” surgery.
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  • Ron F

    I have never watched Dancing With the Stars but in the early seasons, did it have more stars or at least more recognizable people. Wasn’t the idea of the show to have celebrities who are not professional dancers compete. I am sure they named the program to attract the largest viewing audience. I doubt anyone thinks the people named in the article are stars.

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  • therealguyfaux

    Such well-known and by this time hackneyed phrases like Truman Capote’s “Famous for being famous” and Andy Warhol’s proverbial fifteen minutes immediately come to mind; I suppose my father was right when he said, “Just make sure they spell your name correctly, both in print and on the check.”

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