Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Bynes, Paris Hilton, Britney Spears… Have you turned your life around?

581085_4198602143608_1235072909_nLindsay, Amanda, Justin, Paris and even Britney are all examples of where our society is going wrong.  We shouldn’t be focused on the tragedy.  We should be focused on achievement.  Where are they now? What are they up to? Why are we only hearing about them when they mess up?

I realized how everything I read and embarrassingly almost everything I write is focusing on a negative angle of whatever topic I am interested in at the moment. Maybe it’s time to change that.

Okay, keep Justin Bieber. I don’t care to hear about him in any capacity, but when it comes to the rest of them I think it would be great to start hearing regular positive updates. For years we have had minute by minute updates of:

“Lindsay Lohan is late to court”

“Amanda Bynes is accused of a hit and run”

“Britney Spears flashes the world”

“Paris Hilton does something bad that she does bad”

“Justin Bieber is arrested… again”

But now that, with the exception of the douche bag Justin Bieber, these women are trying to get their act together.  Why aren’t we nearly as interested as we were when their lives were falling apart?  I want to hear more from the media about how the stars have turned themselves around and how we can learn from their actions. I realize it is covered some in the press, but at a fraction of the percent their mistakes have been covered. I want to hear things like:

“Amanda Bynes starts healthy living lifestyle, here is how you can over come addiction.”

“Lindsay Lohan faces the real life struggle of reintegrating into life after rehab with the use of a sober coach. Learn how a sober coach can help you!”

“Britney Spears celebrates life by becoming an organ donor.”

Why must we forget about them when their lives turnaround? I realize there is some positive press out there.  I know Lindsay has her documentary and Britney has her Las Vegas show, but unless I am missing something I think we only discuss the positive changes at fraction of how we talked about the negatives. Now is when we as fans should be supporting the stars like Lindsay, Amanda and Britney. Why aren’t we? What is wrong with our society?

Instead we are just turning our attention to the next celebrity disasters. Oh Miley, please pull it together. I am too in love with your art to lose you to the crazy side of celebrity.

Why do I care enough to write this?


FINE! If honest, I could never stop watching SYTYCD

6a00d8341c2c4f53ef01348560c70a970cFINE! I can’t hate So You Think You Can Dance.  It’s a great show, with a great vibe and typically great judgement.  I said it before and I’ll say it again.  There are a few very specific reasons I watch this show.

  1. I obviously am a big fan of Mary Murphy and Cat Deeley.  How could you not be?  So often on reality shows you can get the feeling that the judges and host are being fake. They are just there for the paycheck.  That is certainly not the case when it comes to So You Think You Can Dance.  You can tell that they love their jobs. It’s visible how much those involved with the show want to see talented young artist succeed.  How could I not appreciate that?
  2. The show isn’t about humiliating contestants, it’s about celebrating them. With other reality shows like American Idol I often feel disgusted, particularly early in a season, by how the show will highlight horrible performers.  That isn’t really the case when it comes to So You Think You Can Dance.  While they do show unique artists from time to time, they celebrate each persons passion over their lack of talent.  I appreciate that they take a celebratory approach to judging and when it comes to editing the show.  More television programs should follow this method.
  3. Up until recently the show has seemed to focus on being a positive influence and using dance as a way to encourage healthy living, artistic expression and the uniqueness of individuals.
  4. The passion that you see from all contestants at all levels is infectious. I can be sitting on my couch fuming after a long days work and still laugh or smile when I turn this show on.images (1)
  5. It’s a show that truly celebrates the good in the world and diversity.  Diversity by way of dance forms and diversity by pushing the envelope in other areas like when two men performed a beautiful duet last year.

It’s all these great things that upset me about Justin Bieber’s participation in the show.  Not only does he seem enthused by the show and his role on it, but he frankly seems high.  There was a reason why it was reported that he was going to take a year off of working.  He needs to get his act together.  I wish, in true SYTYCD fashion, the show wouldn’t have hired him in support of this performer getting his life in line and being a positive contributing part of society.

When I turn this show on I don’t want to see his glazed and baggy eyes telling me what I should and shouldn’t be voting for.  I want to see someone with passion for dance who can make me excited about dance crews.  I want to see someone who is inspiring and a good role model for our youth. Dance is a healthy expression. It can keep children off drugs, off the streets and out of trouble. So I still have to ask why. Why choose someone to be on the show that represents all things bad?

I can’t stop watching the show. There is too much good in it for me to allow one bad move on the shows part to force me to stop watching it.  I just hope the show creators, directors, whoever is in charge realize that Bieber is not a good person to be associating with. I’d say it’s time to cut him loose.





Disappointed in SYTYCD. Mug shots can be the new ad campaign!

The new face on SYTYCD
The new face on SYTYCD

justin-bieber-court justin-bieber-goes-to-jailI had hoped it was just the season premier, but after the episode that aired last night I am officially over So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD).  It’s sad to say it because I love this show.  From Mary Murphy’s upbeat spirit and infectious laugh to the passion I can physically feel radiating from the television as a dancer takes the stage, this is a show that has always made me happy.  They support dancers of all ages even allowing kids to get the experience of dancing on stage even if they aren’t old enough to audition.  I feel like they’ve set a good tone and have been good role models in the dancing and television worlds.

That is, until they chose Justin Bieber to appear on their show.  With countless youth watching this show how could SYTYCD put Justin in front of the camera. What lesson are they trying to teach here?  If you break the law countless times we will reward you!

Well that isn’t how I like to operate.  I appreciate seeing Justin in a sober state not surrounded by police or smiling like a goof in a mug shot, but was there really no other dancer or performer on earth that could have introduced the dance crews? I feel like this is an entirely new side of SYTYCD.  They no longer care about being family friendly, setting a respectable and good example for its viewers or upholding a certain level of dignity.

After 11 seasons I refuse to continue watching.  I’m disgusted with their decision and think the show should be ashamed.  If you want your show to be the symbol of how not to behave and succeed you have achieved it, but I really hope show creators take a second look at their choice.  Every time a new article pops up about Justin breaking a new law the show is associating with that.  Every time he illegally uses drugs and the show continues to support him they are telling kids it is okay to follow his actions.

Wake up SYTYCD. Our kids don’t need to be sheltered, but they also don’t need a family friendly show being a bad influence.