A personal blog of this 76 year old gay man retired to Delaware with his long term partner/husband. My life has been and continues to be a fabulous journey. This blog is my humble attempt to memorialize my past and current life. Yes, this blog is all about me. Each of us is unique and has a story to tell. This is my story. Someday it will be a movie. What a life I've had and the adventure continues! I am on of the lucky ones. I'm still here, making waves.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Maks Versus Len
Maksim Chmerkovsky/Len Goodman
So here is my take on the whole Maksim Chmerkovsky/Len Goodman dustup on "Dancing With the Stars". For those of you not familiar with what happen, Len Goodman is a judge on "DWTS" and Maks is the professional dance partner of Hope Solo. After Maks and Hope performed their rhumba dance (which was God Awful by the way), Len Goodman made judging comments to Maks and Hope. Maks didn't agree when Len told both of them that they had just performed "the worst dance of the season." I think what really got to Maks was that Len attributed "half of the fault" to Maks.
Maks disagreed and Len said "I've been in this business for 50 years" at which time Maks said "Then maybe its time to go!" Maks went on to say "I've danced for 27 years, and I've won more titles than Len ever even participated in."
Well let me tell you folks, things got a little awkward at this point on this live television show. The normal back and forth, good humored criticism took a bit of a hit with Maks rude and disrespectful comments. Then Maks made what I considered the jaw dropping comment of the evening when Maks said that DWTS was "my show" and he "helped make it what it is."
Here we go folks. Yes, Maks is an excellent dancer and he has certainly made a major contribution to the show. In fact, Maks is one of my favorite dancers along with Derek Hough. He is one of the main reasons I watch the show. But Maks, now really, it's YOUR show? No, no, no, you're just one of the parts of the whole wonderful mosaic that is "DWTS."
But here is the major problem I have with Maks and his disrespectful and inappropriate comments to Len Goodman. LEN IS THE JUDGE. Like it or not Maks, he is judging you. And I think he is an excellent judge. If the judges are going to be all namby pamby and not really give honest criticisms of the dancers, then I won't watch the show. "DWTS" would then be a popularity contest (which it is already to a certain level) and not just a dance contest.
I agree with what my new favorite professional dancer Derek Hough said:
"As a seasoned professional, [he] should know not to do that. There's a certain amount of self control you should have. Last week, I knew going in it wasn't going to be our best dance. I don't get upset about it, I expect it and then I take it with grace and move on."
Derek is a professional. Maks may think he is a professional but on Monday night he showed where he falls short. Sure, he wants to be the MAN and protect his LADY, Hope Solo. Guess what? I don't think Hope needs anyone to "protect" her. She can handle herself quite well. I think this is more about Maks' ego being trampled on in full view of millions. His manhood was questioned. Maks, get over it. Be a professional like Derek.
The first few seasons I didn't watch "DWTS" because I thought it was a popularity contest. I watched "American Idol" mainly because of Simon Cowell. I could trust him to offer an honest opinion of a contestant's performance. I think all the judges on "DWTS" give honest critiques and I respect them for that.
Now there was some criticism of Bruno referring to Chaz Bona as a "cute little penguin" when Chaz performed her his dance. People, GET OVER IT! "DWTS" is an entertainment show. CHAZ DID LOOK LIKE A 'CUTE LITTLE PENGUIN.' Okay? In fact, I'm surprised that Chaz has lasted as long as he did on "DWTS." I commend Chaz for all the hard work and actually he was a pretty good dancer in spite of his knee injury but come on folks, saying Chaz is a good dancer is like saying a dog who walks on two legs is a good walker. It's not the fact that the dog is a good walker that amazes us but that a dog can walk at all on its two legs. Let's get real folks.
What is Chaz Bono's "celebrity" anyway besides being the daughter of Sonny and Cher. "Chaz Bono, author and activist?" Guess what folks? I'm an "author and activist" too. Been one for years! You don't see me on "DWTS" do you? Hey, you WOULDN'T WANT to see me on "DWTS." If I was, the first time I would appear before the judges they would tear me apart and rightly so. And you know what? I would go right back at them. That's just the way I roll folks. I don't take criticism lightly. But then I'm not a professional dancer either. That's why.
So Maks, continue to perform your excellent dance routines and show your magnificent body butMaks, let the judges judge.
Maks "The Body" - no two ways about it...Maks is nice!