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This Strictly Come Dancing thing - are the judges a bit racist?

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Wuldric Sat 16-Nov-13 23:11:56

So for the first time in my life, I have been exposed to this Strictly stuff. Fairly predictably it was utter crap. Brucie almost remembered all of his lines, which was good.

Then I started looking at the scores.

You tell me why this performance - Susanna Reid & Kevin dance the Paso Doble to 'Los Toreadors' - - where the non-professional swished her skirts a few times

got the same marks as this performance.
Natalie Gumede & Artem dance the Charleston to 'Bang Bang'- Where the non-professional played a blinder. That girl could seriously but seriously dance.

And then tell me that racism isn't institutional.

Wuldric Sat 16-Nov-13 23:27:11

Sorry links not working - try again here Natalie and Artem

fannyfireworks Sat 16-Nov-13 23:27:59

Wtf? No.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 16-Nov-13 23:29:51



Is this the first one you've watched?

Wuldric Sat 16-Nov-13 23:30:00

Tell me why not? Seriously, I would dearly love an explanation that does not involve institutional racism.

Methe Sat 16-Nov-13 23:30:20

Ummmm I think you might be over thinking it. I watched it and didn't see a hint of racism.

They were both 1 mark from the highest possible score!

cuppachai Sat 16-Nov-13 23:30:38

erm... no?

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 16-Nov-13 23:32:54

Didnt the bloke from casualty get 39?

I do believe he's black.

Wuldric Sat 16-Nov-13 23:32:57

Yes they were both one mark from the highest possible score, But seriously are you telling me that those performances were equivalent? Because they were not. They were so not.

And yes, this is my first time of watching this rubbish. My last too. The result was ridiculous.

Methe Sat 16-Nov-13 23:34:18

You need to have a word with yourself.

BankWadger Sat 16-Nov-13 23:34:27

Don't know about the racism, but the sexism is horrific sometimes. And some of the comments from the judges in another work place would be classed as sexual harassment pure and simple.

AShowerOfBastards Sat 16-Nov-13 23:35:22

What?? Are you on a wind up?

JumpingJackSprat Sat 16-Nov-13 23:35:54

I don't think it's racism but I agree that the scores were very odd tonight. The best dance of the series so far was Natalie's rumba yet the highest she got was 9. If it hasn't been so early in the series it would have been 10s all round. Susannahs paso was technically good but she is so dull and uninspiring.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 16-Nov-13 23:36:39

Natalie was mediocre in the charleston. I've sen better from her.

Weird to call it racism.

Wonderstuff Sat 16-Nov-13 23:38:53

This is the only week I think, except last week when she was I'll that Natalie wasn't top of the leaderboard all by herself. I personally think Sophie Ellis-Baxter's charleston was better than either of them and she got less than 39.

TheFantasticFixit Sat 16-Nov-13 23:41:49

Errr.. Weird. No. Not racist. HTH.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Sat 16-Nov-13 23:42:01

Every week other than this one (and last, when she was injured) I'm pretty sure she's been top of the leaderboard. And last week it was Patrick - he's black. So racism doesn't really make sense.

I thought she was overmarked tonight actually, she was out of time at a few points. Sophie's charleston was better imo.

Wuldric Sat 16-Nov-13 23:42:20

No wind up at all smile

I have genuinely no clue who these people are. I'm just saying that this girl [Natalie Gumede] could really properly dance. No-one else could. It was blindingly obvious. So when that girl draws with another girl (who as I say, just swished her skirts a few times) you wonder how and why this has happened.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Sat 16-Nov-13 23:43:53

Yep, that would be because it lists her as a trained Latin dancer on her CV grin

But whether she should even be on the programme is another argument entirely...

Wonderstuff Sat 16-Nov-13 23:44:54

I thought she was off time a little in the beginning, but maybe I was imagining it?

timidviper Sat 16-Nov-13 23:45:55

So it can be claimed to be racism to mark a white person higher than a black person in anything Wuldric? Sounds like you think it from your post

I don't watch this tripe but it sounds a bit arrogant to watch it once and think you can pronounce that the judges are wrong. If the decision was suspect I'm sure it will be for far more cynical reasons than racism, like rigging it for ratings, etc

coffeeinbed Sat 16-Nov-13 23:46:12

The judges look at whether there has been an improvement.
Susannah was better than previously and Natalie wasn't , so the scores were similar.

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Sat 16-Nov-13 23:47:14

I noticed it more in some of the sections when she should have been in sync with Artem and wasn't quite. There was a kick section which wasn't quite together.

missmash Sat 16-Nov-13 23:48:28

Natalie Gumede can really properly dance because she has danced as part of becoming an actress, it's been widely reported, she is the best by far. However all the other contestants had little or no experience so they are marked on their own performance and how far they have come individually, they are not marked compared to each other.
If you had watched a bit more of the series you would have seen that Natalie and in fact Patrick are probably the judges favourites and certainly get lots of amazing comments. Really don't understand how racism can be seen to come in to it.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sat 16-Nov-13 23:49:00

Are you a dancing expert perhaps Wuldric?

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