Monday night on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, comedian Margaret Cho made a bold statement when she danced a rainbow infused dance during DWTS Story Night. Cho and her pro dance partner Louis Van Amstel performed a gay pride dance, with Cho later dedicating it to the families of recent teen suicide victims.
Cho was no doubt referring to the heartbreaking suicide of 18 year old Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who jumped off of the George Washington Bridge last month after his college roommate videotaped him with another man.
Cho, who is bisexual, told People Magazine that she “didn’t want to live” when she was bullied as a teen, while Van Amstel said he had been teased since the age of 10 years due to his love of dance.
On her official website, Cho wrote ” It’s …an important story to tell because there have been so many suicides by gay teens lately. I want to reach out to these kids who feel like they don’t have any hope and say that yes, there is hope. There is love. Stay with me. Let’s stick around for it. Together.”
Cho and Van Amstel pranced on stage in colorful garb- Cho in a fringed rainbow colored dress with a feather headdress and Van Amstel in a bright blue jump suit that DWTS host Tom Bergeron joked looked like “Jack LaLanne’s outfit”- and performed a samba to the tune of Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana”.
Cho joked that her colorful samba with Van Amstel was “the gayest thing that ever happened” on Dancing With the Stars.
Unfortunately, with Cho’s busy work week, the two suffered from lack of rehearsal time. Cho and Van Amstel received the lowest score of the night with 18 out of 30 points for their gay pride samba.
Judge Bruno Tonioli praised the duo for “waving the rainbow flag” but lamented that they may have had too many drinks at the Copa.
The Dancing With the Stars results show will air tonight at 9: 00 p.m. ET on ABC.
Dancing With the Stars, October 4, 2010, ABC TV