Archive for October, 2008
Louis van Amstel and Maksim Chmerkovskiy put Cheryl and Lacey on blast recently about their weight.
According to US weekly, “”[People] look at this show to be inspired and think, ‘If I just work hard enough, I can look like that,’” he says. “If they watch someone who’s dancing her butt off and she’s still heavy, they can be discouraged.
“You have to take responsibility,” he adds.”
And Maks (ever the gentleman) added “When I first saw these women this season, I said, ‘Guys, you know the camera adds 10 pounds,’” he says. “‘You have to do something about this.”
Everyone is up in arms about their comments. I have known Cheryl for over 10 years and she has a beautiful figure and has always been curvy. But what the public doesn’t realize is that Louis and Maks’s comments are very typical perceptions of how male ballroom dancers view female dancers. It drives me crazy that ABC tries to make Dancing With the Stars out to be such a family orientated show and ballroom out to be a wholesome sport. How many times was I told I was obese by my Russian dance coach who ordered me (at 19 and 105 lbs!) to only have cabbage soup and strawberries. I have a bulimic girl in my novel, Salome, who is always being yelled out for her weight.
I think Cheryl looks hot but I hope that Louis and Maks’s comment opens the rest of the world’s eyes to the evils of dancesport.
PS. I love Louis and think he is an amazing dancer and wish he would come back to the show. Maks’s ego needs to get checked however. He is not a good enough dancer to talk shit about anyone.
I have been a deliquent blogger for awhile. But that is all going to change. I have some exciting news. 1st. I have been announced as a finalist in RWA’s Chick Lit Writers of The World Get Your Stiletto in the Door Contest in their Classic Chick Lit division for my novel Dancing Under the Stars. Yeah. I find out if I win on Nov 5. Fittingly, the day after the presidential election.Wish me luck.