I didn’t watch the show (I rarely do), but DWTS certainly generated some fireworks online and in this morning’s entertainment news. I’m not linking, since they appear to be deliberately trying to confect outrage and hits.
I had no idea who Brynne was, or the level of her claim to fame, this morning. Now since I googled it, I know: she married a much older, much richer man and she generally dresses to show off lots of skin. Apparently that makes her a target for the judges for more than just her unimpressive dancing, which is what they are supposed to talk about. What dreadful thing has Brynne done to deserve such withering scorn from these people? Shaming her for her costume choices, and then for the size of her breasts? So she’s not a very good dancer – she’s not the first on the show to be guilty of that. What the hell was all the rest of it about?
Some thoughts from a 12 year old girl were read out, who apparently asked her mum stuff like this (paraphrased from memory): “isn’t this just bullying? like those tv ads tell us is really bad and we shouldn’t do it? that’s supposed to be getting better for kids like me?”
I also noticed that it was the two women on the show who do not have petite physiques who got the most criticism. Is that a pattern? It wouldn’t surprise me.
This is why I don’t watch, and I don’t let my kids watch, shows where insults from the judges are part of the dynamic that’s supposed to hook viewers. It’s also why I’ve actually started to watch American Idol more often this year – no more Simon Cowell, and J Lo seems to be setting the tone of the panel to be generally highly supportive of the contestants rather than running them down, and people seem to like that.