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Have You Noticed That There Are No Black Male Instructors On Dancing With The Stars Since Its Inception?
Have You Noticed That There Are No Black Dance Instructors On Dancing-With-The-Stars Since Its Inception?
Now and then my sisters and wife would influence me to watch certain shows that I would not otherwise watch or, at least, that is what I say as an excuse to maintain my machismo among my buds. One such show that I have watched now and then is Dancing- With-The-Stars and like the benign trouble maker that I am… I have observed that the Dancing-With-The-Stars show is over a decade old and there is yet to be a Black male dance instructor. This absence seems conspicuous in light of one of the so called positive stereotypes about Blacks being excellent dancers - though this gift has eluded my dad. You are not going to hear anyone else discuss this, especially Liberals because the racism in Hollywood is off the charts toward Blacks. Yes, it is true that Dancing-With-The-Stars is a D-list show, but this lack of not ever having no Black dance instructors underscores the racism even more so.
This dearth of Black instructors on Dancing-With-The-Stars is so because of the sheer trauma of seeing potential D-List white female stars gyrating to music with Black male instructors. Think of the White stars who have appeared on the show and imagine their instructor being Black… I will venture to say that the ratings would tank. My premise is not a surprise in light of what you do not see on the silver screen and just how you will see the light-skinned Black female thespian being lovers of the White actor… so too it is with Dancing-With-The-Stars, notwithstanding its lower professional pedigree. Note though too that our Latin brothers fair better than their Black counterparts - Desi Arnaz on the I Love Lucy show - because they could “pass’’ due to their lighter hue and you may have observed that the one person whom I thought was Black on the show - Cheryl Burke - on Dancing-With-The-Stars is actually Filipino/Irish.
I can partially buy into the debate that says that Hollywood would use any instructors, Black or otherwise, on Dancing-With-The-Stars if the ratings and revenues were high… yet, I am almost certain that if there were to be a Black male dance instructor… he would more than likely be light skin and conspicuously gay. I addressed this topic again to show that the bastion of Progressive Liberalism is Hollywood and, yet, there have not been any marked change since its inception on the issue of Black male interaction with White women - be it on the small (TV) or Silver Screen (movies) because it reflects the sentiment of a sizeable majority of our nation as a whole, at least on this issue… and divorced from the fact that a Blackman is at the pinnacle of power in Washington, D.C.