The television show, Dancing With the Stars, has a decision to make. It could make a revolutionary, historical decision that would assure its place in entertainment lore. If Dancing With the Stars allows same-sex couples to compete, it would set a precedent in American entertainment. The crucial question is whether the American audience would accept such a step. If the audience rejects such a decision, it could jeopardize the show and advertisers would flee.
"Could Portia DeGeneres (formerly Portia de Rossi) be one of the next to dance "with the Stars"? The actress told Ryan Seacrest that she’d be open to showing off her moves on the hit ABC show."
Without a doubt, Dancing With the Stars could deliver a strong, unique message to the American viewing audience about acceptance of same-sex couples and bullying. The question is whether it is financially expedient for the show to be on the cusp a social movement. The safe decision is simply to stick to a tried formula and not shock the American audience. Will Dancing With the Stars heed that old song from MC Hammer - "you can't touch this"?
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