Dancing With the Stars is getting less and less family friendly

Week 1

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I have a few reality TV shows that I can’t wait for each season. ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” has been one of them.

Last night as my husband and I were making last minute St. Patricks’s Day preparations (gold coin treasure hunt, leprechaun footprints, green pee pee in the potty…with food dye, of course) we turned the show on, excited to see (well, I was at least) who the new cast was.

Some of the celebrities I hadn’t heard of…or hadn’t heard FROM in a while, but there was one in particular that I was totally turned off by.

Charlotte McKinney, a drop-dead gorgeous model and actress sent the media world into a frenzy during her Carl’s Jr. commercial for the Super Bowl, making it the fast-food chain’s most successful ad to date with a staggering 2.5 billion media impressions in less than two weeks.

Why was it so successful? Well, if you know anything about the way Carl’s Jr. does its branding, it shouldn’t be too hard to guess. A barely clothed McKinney struts down the street gushing about how she loves to go “all natural”, talking about the new all natural grass fed beef burger from Carl’s Jr. She appears to be completely naked until she rounds a corner and is sporting a tiny bikini top and short shorts.

The majority of her interview and pre-show taped package was spent talking about her assets. In fact, she couldn’t stop talking about them. I kept thinking to myself, “This is ridiculous. This is SO NOT family friendly!” I know sometimes the show can push the envelope when it comes to risqué dancing and costumes. But this was WAY over the top. I was disgusted, and disgusted that my husband was watching with me-which, when I looked over, he wasn’t.

The show is supposed to be fun, inspirational, and uplifting. But instead, I felt it was very degrading and in-your-face, with regards to how they portrayed McKinney.

Have you seen the latest season of “Dancing With the Stars?” What do you think of the cast and the direction the show has taken in recent years?

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