good grief! what a mean spirited thing to say ... they smile not just because they are supposed to but because they are lovely young adults who are genuinely happy and smiley people. their programs were not without flaws and I am certain they would be the first to acknowledge that, but they were happy! Happy to be there, happy to have done well, just genuine and simply, joyfully, refreshingly HAPPY.
Last edited by dancemom; 05-31-2011 at 10:04 PM.
This might be one of the more thought-provoking threads out there in quite some time. As a psychiatrist I find several themes striking.
The inability of some people to contain their discomfort with brothers/sisters dancing together, actually, signals to me neuroses and issues which reflect a lot more on the commentators who feel compelled to express these views publicly (albeit anonymously) than of the skaters involved.
Those who view the sibling dynamic as more "limited" choreographically are ironically, probably using the right word for them, in more ways than they realize. People who see limits are not surprisingly going to have prevailing views strongly influenced or defined by limits.
What leaps off the page (screen) though, is the resemblance some of these views have to prejudice, with people very convinced that their views are what "should" be seen, in a yes/no, right/wrong sort of way, regardless of whether they are fully informed. For instance, "Latin" for some immediately presumes "sexy" = success, until more sensible posts from the likes of Doris informed that the ice dance Rhumba compulsory isn't necessary of that stereotype or "formula".
I realize there are a wide spectrum of opinions and I welcome the "chatboard" setting as literally a unique "forum" for expressing differing opinons (or I wouldn't visit the board). It's just that the "tone" of some of the comments are not just "mean spirited" but are so charged with hatred or resentment towards the Shibutanis. As pointed out by some others (100Yen, JCoates, lcd, Hernando) some of these so cross the line of "just" opinion. Depressing actually, thought the "shrink." Depressing.
Those who are willing to see something different or non "traditional" as unique, will presumably at least be willing to acknowledge the possibility of "things" happening (and I do not mean just ice dancing) in sport, life, art, etc. ... in a very different "light." And just maybe, the difference could be a way for a sport or an artform to actually grow and advance. A reason to stay hopeful about mankind. I suppose and I can hope.
Last edited by Binthere; 06-01-2011 at 11:34 PM.