Chaz Bono is about to rock Dancing With the Stars, and when he does, they are going to have a viewership they never had before. Let's face it: reality TV is traditionally very low-brow entertainment. Don't get me wrong, I watch it, but it wasn't always the intellectuals and smartest people in the country who hunkered down on Monday night to watch DWTS with us.
Chaz may change all that. As many on the right wing threaten to boycott the show (G-d forbid! Dear Lord, no!), the people with brains may start to realize, "Gee, maybe there is something to this reality TV after all." In other words, for every close-minded fool who DWTS loses, they will gain one intelligent, open-minded person worth two of any bigot any day.
DWTS is going to win big. And so will we. The more people who watch, the more diverse and exciting casts they will choose.
The controversy started with Dan Gainor, the VP of Business & Culture at the Media Research Center, a conservative group whose main aim is to ruin good shows (or so it might seem). According to RadarOnline:
Whether it’s Glee or Dancing With the Stars, this is part of Hollywood’s insistence on tearing down traditional families. Parents now more than ever must realize they cannot let their kids watch television without supervision or risk advocating lifestyles that most families do not approve of.
So let's get this straight: Uptight bigots who won't watch the shows that are on past their child's bedtime anyway are going to boycott now because Chaz Bono -- a transgendered man -- is going to appear on the show? Well good riddance to bad rubbish. Cher has already Tweeted to her son's defense:
This is Still America right? It took guts 2 do it.
Damn straight it did. And we're about to see something amazing take place. The show is going to attract people who want the spectacle, sure. But it will also attract open-minded, intelligent people who might otherwise scoff at a show that once featured "talent" like Jake Pavelka and Bristol Palin.
I have always been a fan of the show from day one, and I am always glad when they bring on a cast who is diverse and unique. If they're worried about ratings because of this ill-conceived "boycott," they will soon see ratings they could never before have imagined.
Yay DWTS! I can't wait to watch this season and I hope everyone will join me.
Do you think Chaz will be good for ratings?
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