I guess you've heard -- and seen -- that ABC had a "Disruption With The Stars" on live network television Monday night. Disgraced Olympic swimmer, Ryan Lochte, had performed his first dance on DANCING WITH THE STARS. Personally, I chose not to watch. Casting him strikes me as insensitive and sending the wrong message. Especially for a network owned by Disney. News of his being added to the celebrity line-up of dancers for this season came during coverage of his scandal in Rio. He was a lead story. The gold medal winner lied about being held up at gunpoint in Rio. That lie infuriated Brazilians. It embarrassed Americans during the Olympics. Immediately, he took the blond out of his hair to appear less like a privileged party boy American. You could tell that image rehabilitation was forcefully in progress by his handlers. Especially since a big sponsor like Speedo dropped him during the international scandal.
That really irked me. Lochte didn't pick that song. He'd probably never even heard of it. But for producers to choose that particular song made me feel as if the show -- which boasts of having only positive vibes -- was making light of an incendiary situation overseas in which a white American besmirched the image of Latino people. Another song should have been assigned Lochte. He did not make some wacky teen boo-boo with dad's car, something like you might have seen in a 1980s comedy written and directed by John Hughes. He made a more serious mistake as a guest in a foreign country and others were involved.
Producers should have chosen another song. And if they did think they could make light of his situation, the disruption on the set during the telecast and the removal of protestors from the audience proved otherwise.