When a pudgy young girl with no game on the dance floor gets twirled into the finals of Dancing With The Stars because millions of t-bagging Americans frantically called in to override the judges, it’s gonna set off some fireworks.
Suddenly we have a whole new BP disaster in the gulf of understanding.Are you really supposed to win because you are self-described as the “most improved?” It is really okay to win a dance contest when you can’t actually dance – anymore more than to win an election when you actually can’t govern– or like Meg Whitman, never even bothered to vote? And then of course there are the uncomfortable similarities of the rogue contestant from Alaska with no talent kicking off the black girl who actually can dance, has proven it, and gotten the scores to prove it … but maybe I’m just paranoid. As my husband says, it’s just a TV show.
What’s far more troubling is this big, uncoordinated white girl, the most famous unwed mother in Alaska, is now apparently our last best hope in stemming the tide of teen pregnancy. With a commercial for the Candie’s Foundation for abstinence.
When actually, the most powerful and talented advocate for reducing teen pregnancy is that scourge of the right (and damn good dancer), the indomitable Jane Fonda.
In 1995, Fonda started G-CAPP, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention, when Georgia had the highest teen pregnancy rate in the nation. Since G-CAPP’s founding, the state has seen a nearly 30% reduction in teen pregnancy rates (but maybe Candie’s is the “most improved?”) Realizing that 80% of teen mothers live at or below the poverty line, and 60% of teen mothers below the age of 15 have been abused, G-CAPP replicates proven, evidenced-based programs that work; partners with other organizations to develop more effective teen pregnancy prevention strategies; provides customized prevention training throughout Georgia; and advocates for policies and programs that support the healthy development of young people. Including programs that address poverty, unemployment, violence, drugs, lack of good parenting, school failure, and dropout, child abuse, alienation from mainstream society, racism and gender bias.
Amen to that, Jane! But don’t’ be surprised if a million t-baggers call in to kick thoughtfulness, intelligence and proven results to the floor and declare abstinence the winner. It’s just that kind of show.
My $100 today goes to G-CAPP for the great work they do for all the girls who really need their help. To join me, click here. And p.s. don’t forget to vote for Jennifer Grey. OH YES WE CAN!