'Dancing' Fools

A psychiatrist and former radio show host said watching the famously transgendered Chaz Bono, right, on “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC, Mondays, 8 p.m. and Tuesdays, 9 p.m.) could influence kids to develop Gender Identity Disorder. The president of the American Psychiatric Association rebutted: “There is no evidence that viewing a television game show with a transgender contestant would induce Gender Identity Disorder in young people.”

But after watching the season premiere, I would say that easily influenced young people might be induced to do the following things:

Wear a glittery bow tie and no shirt.

Change name to “Metta World Peace.”

Kick a male dance partner in the crotch.

Invite a shirtless stranger into bed, then get up and dance the cha cha cha with him.

Make leering remarks to a woman like, “I feel good standing next to you, Brooke.”

Ask stupid questions of an Iraq War veteran like, “Eight years ago, when you were in Iraq, could you ever have believed you’d be dancing in a ballroom on TV?”

Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.



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Katherine Boyle · September 21, 2011