Rumors abounded that Anthony Weiner, the New York politician forced to resign after sharing pictures of his genitals online, would be appearing in the next season of Dancing With The Stars, and reports were circulated Friday that they were indeed negotiating with him.
Fortunately for us, Anthony Weiner’s standards are higher than the standards of Dancing With The Stars.
Had Dancing With The Stars really stooped to promoting Anthony Weiner, it would not have been at all surprising. Former “stars” on the show have included disgraced House Majority Leader and convicted felon Tom DeLay, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, Jake “The Bachelor” Pavelka, Kate “Forget Jon and the 8” Gosselin, and Bristol “Do as I say, not as I do (even though I’m making a fortune because I did it)” Palin.
Second only to the Tea Party and Donald Trump, nobody has rewarded more bad behavior than Dancing With The Stars.
It’s understandable (but by no means forgivable) why they do such things. Celebrity-based reality competitions are inevitably always forced to approach the same kinds of celebrities for their competitions:
- A-listers who want to compete for charity.
- A-listers duped into thinking the competition might be fun.
- Former A-listers who want to remind everyone that they’re still alive.
- D-listers who want to pretend they’re A-listers for a little while.
- Faux celebrities and attention seekers looking to extend their fifteen minutes.
The “stars” on Dancing With The Stars don’t compete for charity, so the group at the top of the barrel is right out.
Additionally, that second group of thrillseekers tends to only stay reliable for the first season or two. Once the word gets out that this supposedly fun competition is actually brutal and agonizing, they stop showing up as well. As soon as stars started pulling out of contention with injuries on Dancing With The Stars, the current A-listers stopped appearing.
Adding to their problems is the fact that ABC has Dancing With The Stars running twice per year, forcing them to scrape to the bottom of the celebrity barrel twice as often.
So even though Anthony Weiner will not be appearing on Dancing With The Stars in the Fall of 2011, do not expect their assembled cast to be any less depressing.