Wednesday, April 4, 2012

You Knew This Was Coming: The William Levy Backlash Begins

I've been waiting for two somethings following William Levy's seeming instantaneous breakout on Season 14 of ABC's Dancing With The Stars. When one becomes so famous so fast, first, there's the requisite cover of US or People Magazine... Uh, hello, what's taking so long? Pop culture rags, fulfill your duty, please! People En Espanol has you trumped by years... The mainstream is calling.

Second, inevitably following such mass adoration comes a backlash. And yes, three weeks into the show—in which Jack Wagner was the second contestant eliminated—it's already begun. Wetpaint is reporting that after it was publicized Will would be showing his sexy chesty Monday night, a flush of dumbasses started tweeting en masse that the show is about dancing, not sex appeal. One example: "Judges need to concentrate on his footwork and not his shirtless body. Salsa is meant to be danced, not walked." Of course, these folks (I'm being oh so kind here, instead of the other descriptors that came to mind) need to look a little deeper: Our Sexiest Man Alive has got the moves and the body.

Meanwhile, The Huffington Post offers a story with the show's pro dancer Mark Ballas (who has won DWTS twice) huffing that "it's way too early to start calling Levy—or anyone for that matter—this season's frontrunner." Mind you, how ironic, given that he is teamed with the season's current frontrunner—Barbie doll Katherine Jenkins, whom I have made it clear I'm no fan of.

People, relax! It's TV. The only difference this makes in the big scheme of things is that, twice a week, for as long as he lasts, America gets to lap up the world's sexiest man alive. What's not to love? *