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Dancing With The Stars Judge Behaving Badly

Updated on April 1, 2015

The Facts

Really Bruno? Really? As an avid fan of the fluff and puff show, where stars take their turn on the dance floor with professionals, executing difficult and oftentimes exhausting maneuvers all in an effort to give their careers a needed boost, I was totally taken back by the “slip of the tongue” comment delivered this past week, by judge Bruno Tornioli.

Telling Charlotte McKinney “You’re never going to win the Nobel Prize for quantum physics, but you are easy on the eyes and you produce wonderful shapes.” Is simply uncalled for. Tell her that her hands need more warmth or that her lines are too stiff, but don’t insult her intelligence. She’s not out there to demonstrate intelligence. She’s out there to entertain with her dancing, and get some additional recognition for her career.

Case in point: How many people knew who she was before DWTS? How many people know who she is now?

Why Did He Say It?

Am I truly upset by Mr. Tornioli’s comments? No. Pure and simple it is, and was a media “jumpstart”. Mr. Tornioli is on the show because of his flamboyant and sometimes crude mannerism. It is an element that sells the show and adds “shock value” for the audiences.

Viewership has waned in recent years, as happens with most shows that are on for the length of time DWTS has been. But, why did he have to go there? Because he did, and because it got media attention, and because, well, because it gets us talking. Which at the end of the day makes it a good thing.

How to Turn it into Something Good

Now people are discussing adult bullying and people behaving badly and how to act and react and a whole slew of other things. It opens a door to the ways in which we should behave and discussions about how we do and how to act and react.

Charlotte McKinney’s reaction was amazing and intelligent because of the manner in which she chose to handle it. Under the same circumstances, I don’t think I could have held it together.

Was she in shock? Does she have a tough skin? I don’t know for sure. But, in the end, I think it is her reaction we should focus on to teach all of us a lesson. There are people out there in the world who do not behave nicely, and who attempt to run over others in an attempt to “show off”, or for whatever reason. But, it is how we react that really matters and define us as a person.

I think Ms. McKinney reacted in a very intelligent and profound way. It the words of Taylor Swift, she decided to “Shake it Off”.

Will she become a Nobel Peace Prize winner for quantum physics? Who knows? Will she get a great deal of media attention and offers because of this? Absolutely! Will DWTS get more viewership? Maybe. Probably. Finally, will we be able to move beyond this? I think so, because there is a great deal of physical phenomena that we need to deal with.

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