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July 27, 2009

Dancing at the Wedding?

And I don't mean at the reception, but at the freakin' wedding itself! What would you think if you're a guest at a wedding, and the entire wedding party comes into the church to the tune of Chris Brown's "Forever?" To quote a certain Greg Gutfeld, "Take a look, take a lookers..."

The creators of the video disabled embedding, so I can only give you the link. Take a look and see what you think...or see how much you can stand, anyway.

Bill O'Reilly's up in arms about it (ok, that's an exaggeration, but he did have a segment on it; he actually seemed fairly subdued, for Bill), but personally I don't think there's anything wrong with it. I might if I was actually there and was forced to watch it in its entirety, but that's another story.

I don't think there is any crime against wedding protocol here. I do think there are some crimes against the art of dance, though. I may have to flush my eyes out with something to remove some of those images.

What would you think if you were there in the audience? Especially if you hadn't been warned in advance?


  1. I thought it was kind of sweet and joyful, to be honest. (I also entertained myself with what my super-traditional mother's reaction would have been and had some laughs...)

    I was raised Catholic and I've seen WAY worse dancing than that by liturgical dancers who doubtless choreographed and practiced a lot more. Even so, I'm usually happy to see people make efforts at dance performance in general... even if it is bad, at least it is out there. (That is 15+ years of dance training talking).

    I'm always happy to see people being happy, I guess... and that whole wedding party was happy, particularly the bride & groom. Which is really the point. Trust me, I've sat through much more alarming stuff in church, including at weddings. (I won't start on the last time I went to Midnight Mass - ever - and one of the soloists was painfully flat.)

    What does Bill O'Reilly care about it? I'm confused...

  2. I have nothing against it, really, though I guess my patience threshold for bad dancing is lower than yours. :)

    It was included in a segment about marriage, with another story being about polyamorous (or however the heck you spell it) marriage and with one other segment about breast-feeding in public.

    I think he was more playing devil's advocate in this one, asking whether this was really appropriate at a wedding ceremony. The two female panelists shot him down and said that it was fine, and he didn't really fight it. Didn't seem like his heart was in this one, which is why I don't think he had much problem with it.

    I think they just wanted an excuse to show the video. LOL

  3. Okay... that kind of makes sense (wrt O'Reilly). Sounds like it was an interesting segment. I read an article about polyamory once that went on... and on... and on. It was really boring to read after a while (kind of surprising, isn't it). My main problem with the article was the confusion I imagined it was causing the kids of all those people. I'm not remotely conservative, but the message that behavior sends to kids is really confusing for them. My community health client from last semester had a mom who was a "second wife" - great modeling there. Why should she care that her boyfriend is sleeping with other girls when her mother's husband has two wives? (When you think of the public health implications wrt STDs, it is just UGH!!!)

    As for breastfeeding in public, I used to do it all the time. Breasts become sooooo much of a not-sex thing to nursing mothers after a while. I tried to be discreet, but sometimes those babies move around more than you think they can!

    LOL, I have a huge tolerance for dance of all qualities. I hate to imagine the audiences that had to sit through the dance concerts I was in... especially when I was first starting. *shudder*


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