One has to wonder what’s going through the minds of the producers of “Strictly Come Dancing” when they issue a statement about having former Conservative Minister and current Privy Councellor Ann Widdecombe ride in on horseback in the style of Lady Godiva.
The legend goes that an Anglo-Saxon noblewoman rode on naked on horseback through the streets of Coventry to protest her husband’s oppressive taxation of the residents of Coventry. What this has to do with Ann W. and “Strictly Dancing” is beyond me. Could it be a Halloween ploy, meant for a laugh? I really hope so, and hope not. At first they were set to do it on an elephant, but for insurance purposes, they were forced to scale it down to a horse.
It would certainly be a triumph for plus-size women everywhere if they can pull this off and make Ann look as sexy as the portraits of Godiva that we’re used to, but we all know that’s not going to happen. It’s going to take three “Cousin Itt” suits to cover her, and frankly we might as well see Chewbacca ride in decked in a bikini. It’s just not going to be pretty.
In the end, it seems to me that this is a plot just to get more viewers for “Strictly Come Dancing”. Anton Du Beke is wonderful to watch, but he’s been paired up with Ann, a much shorter woman who seems to be desperately trying to keep up with Du Beke’s long-legged strides. Ann should be given a dance partner who is shorter and more suited to her age. It’s rather a shame when former Ministers are put before the viewing audience for the ‘train wreck’ morbid curiosity seekers to jeer at. Why not give her the respect that she’s due, and give her a chance to show off what she can really do?