On Fans and Fanatics

[singlepic id=276 w=320 h=240 float=right]I was a member of the (now defunct) ‘Support Gili & Dorit’ Facebook group for a while now, and thought it is only fair to convey my criticism for the lack of originality shown in the first dance routine in Dancing With The Stars, and so I posted a link to it on the group’s wall. Apparently my (and Justice Brandeis‘) sunlight-is-the-best-disinfectant attitude was not appreciated, as the link I posted was soon deleted and I was banned (!) for life from ever posting or re-joining the group.

Now, mind you, I am not complaining here. On the contrary! This is almost a badge of honor. But I do want to make a couple of points:
1. Always save screen captures.
2. Aaron Sorkin said it best in The West Wing (jump to the 2:57 marker)
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkMQkyAB_O4

So You Think You Can Just Copy a Dance?

As excited as I was to watch the first same-sex couple dance on Israel’s Dancing With The Stars, I was none too happy to find out openly-gay sportscaster Gili Shem-Tov and openly-straight dancer Dorit Milman basically copied a dance routine off a 2007 performance from the American So You Think You Can Dance. The Internet never forgets:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg6EjkvRCPA

Israel – Dancing With The Stars – Gili Shem-Tov and Dorit Milman
Season 6, Episode 2 – November 2, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFH1moy62VQ

USA – So You Think You Can Dance – Neil Haskell and Sabra Johnson
Season 3, Episode 20 – August 8, 2007

Update: You can read this post in Hebrew here.

Update #2: the plot thickens.