Cinnamon Stillwell

I’m the West Coast Representative for Campus Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum that focuses on Middle East studies. I was a political columnist for (San Francisco Chronicle online) from 2004-2008. I've written for the American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, Family Security Matters, Accuracy In Media, Newsbusters, Israel National News, The Jewish Policy Center, J-The Jewish News Weekly of N. CA, Intellectual Conservative and many others. More info at

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

"So You Think You Can Dance" Goes Political

Being a regular viewer of the Fox network TV show "So Think You Can Dance," I meant to comment on last week's utterly inappropriate display of anti-war preaching, but never got around to it. Luckily, Michelle Malkin has done the honors in "Anti-war dance and slash" and, in the process, links to Newsbusters and Duty In the Desert on the same subject.

In addition to judge Mia Michaels' disrespectful fashion statement (Marine Corps Dress Blues with upside-down emblems), all ten contestants performed the same number choreographed by the insipid Wade Robson and set to John Mayer's pitiful anthem "Waiting on the World to Change" (keep waiting, John). And in case the message was lost on the audience, the dancers all wore T-shirts with peace signs on them.

Apparently, unhappy viewers let their thoughts be known for both Michaels and producer Nigel Lythgoe apologized the following night for any offense caused. But Robson refused to apologize, maintaining that the piece was simply a "cry for peace" and, similarly, Lythgoe's semi-apology reeked of highhandedness. As he put it, "Art should be allowed to make statements."

Making statements about "peace" (a condition that's never entirely existed in the history of humankind) is all well and good, but doing so in a setting and manner that assumes one's audience is on the same political page (how many military personnel or their family members watch the show?) is thoughtless and arrogant. Not to mention just a tad unbalanced. Would that the self-proclaimed do-gooders of "So You Think You Can Dance" would expend as much energy exposing the barbarity of Islamic terrorism.

Considering its new found politics, occasional displays of inappropriate smuttiness (something I commented on last month at SFGate), and the elevation of hip-hop dancers over the classically-trained (sort of an affirmative action for dancing), "So You Think You Can Dance" is really starting to wear out its welcome.


Anonymous GM Roper said...

I like MM, I read her take, she done good.

I really like Cinnamon though. Well done Ms. Cinnamon!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007 7:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"the elevation of hip-hop dancers over the classically-trained (sort of an affirmative action for dancing)"

This is thoughtless and arrogant.

Thursday, October 18, 2007 4:36:00 AM  

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