Cheryl Burke who isn’t pretty enough to be a model so she became a ballroom dancer noted in an interview that working with Ian Ziering on Dancing with the Stars made her want to slit her wrists. Her examples of his heinous behavior included the fact that he’s super intense and pronounces his first name funny. Just when you thought ballroom dancing was an easy six-figure salary you end up with real work. Who doesn’t want to murder themselves with Frank the toenail picker in the next cubicle. Burke quickly apologized, not for denigrating Ian Ziering, but for flippantly mentioning suicide in a joke. Suicide being one of the 937 things we’ve all agreed are no longer humorous, like Asians being shitty drivers.
In the heat of an interview conversation, I used a phrase that seemingly makes light of suicide and I deeply regret it. I have many friends and family members that struggle with depression and thoughts of suicide. To have said something that seemingly makes a mockery of what they’ve gone through and what they live with is something that I apologize for. I never meant to hurt anyone or to trivialize the topic. I was out of line and for that I apologize.
You have many friends and family who are suicidal? Have you ever wondered if it might be you? In the very least they might not want to live in a world where you must self-censor and auto-correct for any possibility of political incorrectness in your humor. You put on sparkles for a living. The bar wasn’t that high. Don’t jump pussy first.
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