Friday, May 22, 2009

So You Think You Can Dance Premieres Dude on Dude Dancing

Last night was the premiere of the smash summer hit, So You Think You Can Dance, and the show kicked off with some good old fashion controversy. It all began when two ballroom dancers, Misha and Mitch, performed their routine together. This marked the first time men have danced together on the show in a romantic fashion. (Although Mitch is straight). The judges didn't quite respond how the two had hoped, stating that the same sex pairing was confusing and distracting. Producer Nigel Lythgoe seemed particularly annoyed and suggested that both get female partners.
However, while the show obviously portrayed the judge's speculation, Mitch and Misha say the critique was much more homophobic than the show portrayed. "It was more offensive than what they showed." said Misha. "Nigel said that he's not sure that the fathers watching this at home would be encouraged to take their sons to allow them to learn to dance. Nigel told me that they [the show] has spent all these seasons trying to build up the idea that a male can dance and make it more acceptable, and we didn't really help the cause. I told him that I have a father, too, and I went through that. I told him that the country is already going through a lot of changes and could handle some more. Nigel didn't say anything to that. The judges kept going on about a man and a woman and I kept correcting them that it was a leader and a follower. "
My friend Carrie and I watched this last night and I have to tell you, we weren't disturbed by the dude on dude dancing-it was their outfit selection that had us gagging. Honestly they did look like semi-pro figure skaters on a basement bin budget. Add to that the fact that their costumes were matchymatchy, and you have yourself one hell of a bad fashion scene. Not to mention the fact that they fell on their asses mid routine. Personally I don't care who you're dancing with-if you face plant during the middle of a big audition, it's curtains for your ass.

I'm curious to know what you guys think though. Is America ready for same sex ballroom? (To watch the clip in question, ff to the 5 minute mark)


mike joseph said...

very good perspective, because i think they didn't make it because they screwed up their routine. the blades of glory reference, perhaps because i'm one of like 2 million people to ever see it, was expected as soon as i saw it was two dudes. i would even go as far as to say that "had" they both been gay, the "uproar" might have been even worse, given the same comments made by the judges. i was curious though if they knew mitch was straight beforehand, and if that influenced their viewing of the routine. either way, anyone with any social sense could see that coming. i'm a firm believer that there are "phobes" in the homosexual community as well as the straight, the largest gathering being in GLAAD, where everything is cool as long as nobody slights or belittles or tries to demean being homosexual; however harmlessly spoken or taken out of context or meaning. i fully understand homosexuals and their desire to fill a place in society, but the majority of homosexuals need to remember they are completely the opposite, the gay "minority". the whole "we're here, we're queer" thing is absolutely wonderful, but the majority of AMERICA says ok, cool. just keep it "over there."

Mrs. M. said...

that's exactly the problem too. It's very seperate but equal which, in fact, winds up being anything but equal. personally i would have loved to see them go up there and just kill it. If they hadn't taken a tumble, there would have been no denying their talent. Unfortunately it just gave the judges an excuse to dismiss the partnership as inadequate.
it was disappointing though to see the judges react like that. I love this show and I think it *normally* serves as a great platform to bring all types of dance (even ones that are normally deemed "girly") to the mainstream and strip them of their stigmas.

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