Truman’s Hump Day Song of the Week: You Should Be Dancing

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I’ll dance for a treat.

In the middle of the NBA and NHL playoffs and risking permanent revocation of my Man Card, I watched an episode of “Dancing with the Stars” for the first time this week. Here are a few observations:

  • It wouldn’t be on TV if no one was watching. The audience of mostly women was fired up – standing, clapping and yelling as if it were Alabama-Auburn in the fall. This phenomenon was likely repeated by multiples of millions in TV-owning homes around the world thanks to Nielsen’s flawed TV ratings system.
  • The show puts a spotlight on the physical and mental demands of learning how to dance like a pro. Beau coup injuries, sore feet, blisters, etc. Last night, Amy Purdy – the double amputee snowboarder from the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi – was impressive as she lightly pranced around in his prosthetic legs.
  • The wardrobe looks like someone emptied out the Goodwill stores in Dupont Circle.
  • Drew Carey still looks weird skinny.
  • Erin Andrews still looks good on TV.

Meanwhile at home, I tried to persuade my superior, smarter version of Erin Andrews to take couples dance lessons at a nearby studio, where we could dominate competitions and earn vouchers for the local bingo parlor and Meals-on-Wheels. She demurred, so Truman and I will have to settle on each other as partners.

Meanwhile, we can form a circle on the dance floor around Tony Manero. For a brief nightmarish moment straight out of a Stanley Kubrick movie, it’s the Disco Era again thanks to the Bee Gees, who provide this week’s Hump Day Song, “You Should Be Dancing.”

That means you. I’m watching.


About Chairman Mao

I like fomenting socialist revolutions and purging my homeland of pseudo-intellectualism and capitalist dogma. I also like sports, dogs and food (although I wouldn't consider myself a foodie).
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