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On the 'DWTS' Scene: Margaret Cho 'Proud' to Speak Out Against Bullying

by Michael Maloney, posted Oct 6th 2010 2:00PM
Margaret Cho, Dancing With the StarsSadly, Margaret Cho is not the one that they want.

Low-scoring duo Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel were voted off 'Dancing With the Stars' last night. However, the comedienne felt she achieved a victory in her short time on the show by voicing her support of at-risk gay youths on national television.

"I'm so proud of our dance and that we got to tell our message," Cho told TV Squad immediately after Tuesday night's results "I'm excited we got to wear the rainbow colors and dance about pride. I was honored to be on the show. I had a great time. I'm going to miss hanging out here, watching everyone and the camaraderie."

Cho, who incorporates self-esteem into her stand-up, explained that being told she was a heavy ballerina as a child stuck with her -- and it shouldn't have. "We should never give anyone that power," she said. "That's why I want to reach out to all kids who've been bullied and have been made to feel badly about themselves."

Her time on 'DWTS' may be over, but Cho will continue her cross-country comedy tour. "I'll be doing that until the middle of December," she said. "I'm going to be talking about 'DWTS,' drilling everyone a new one. It's going to be fierce!"

"We're going to finish the journey as friends," Van Amstel added. "[But] we're going to miss doing it [on-screen.]"

Cho's being voted off gave a reprieve for low-scoring duo Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas. What's Ballas' game plan to keep the teen abstinence advocate in the competition beyond next week? "The goal is to bring out Bristol's emotional side and get her 'acting' more," Ballas said. "Her technique is getting better. We have the rumba next week."

"It's all mental and I have to be willing to put myself out there more," Palin said.

Will it help Palin to think about something in particular to bring out a better performance?

"We have a rumba next week, which is a sexy dance, so she's just going to think about me," said Ballas, hastening to add, "I'm kidding!"

Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani were relieved to be called safe first. "It was nice," Patridge said. "We could relax for the rest of the show."

"I didn't really relax," Dovolani countered. "I started choreographing in my head next week's dance right away. We're doing the Argentine tango. I have to bring out the animal in her."

Cheryl Burke and Rick FoxWhile Rick Fox and partner Cheryl Burke were eventually revealed to be safe, an audio disconnect between the duo and host Brooke Burke resulted in a premature celebration. (Tied for second with 24 points, it's understandable that the duo thought they were safe.)

"I seriously could not hear," Burke said. "[Celebrating early] was the most embarrassing moment I've had in my life. I'm never going to watch this show back. I'm going to be on 'The Soup' or something! This is the first time in 10 seasons something like this have ever happened to me."

Burke and Fox have been making solid progress despite their height difference; next week, the disparity is going to work in their favor when they also do the Argentine tango, one of the few dances in which the performers can do lifts (without earning the wrath of judge Carrie Ann Inaba!)

"Finally, I'll be as tall [as Rick]," Burke said. "I spent three weeks of intense training for the Argentine tango in Argentina over the summer. I'm excited to do it."

Fox has already danced with an open-shirt and Mike "the Situation" Sorrentino is on the verge of showing his abs, but one hunk -- former NFL star Kurt Warner -- has no plans to display his pecs. "I want people to use their imagination," teased Anna Trebunskaya, the star's pro partner.

"I'm never going to say never," added Warner, hinting that a shirtless performance is a possibility.

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I have heard her stand up (years ago, don't find her funny now), she's pretty mean in it by putting others down. To me that's a part of bullying.

October 06 2010 at 2:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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rick cokely

Who is she putting down? I've been a fan for years and her comedy is positive and helpful not only to gay people but to overweight and general outcasts of the "perfect mold" of what a person should be and look like. Sounds like you're just making stuff up.

October 06 2010 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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