Yes, the professional in Cheryl really comes out, the minute she hits the dance floor with her partner, she' ON, no matter who she's with. It's one of the things I love about her And I agree with you, I could see that Cheryl didn't like the rubbing.Originally Posted by Boston_Bill;2310034;
I never heard any speculation about Cheryl and Emmitt whatsoever, and as much as I dig around for behind-the-scenes stories about the DWtS teams, I'd have seen that. Certainly there was none here at FoRT. It there was any at the other 'boards' where they make up stuff just for the heck of, that might explain anything you may have heard. But Cheryl and Emmitt were never involved in that type of speculation, from the beginning people spoke about the "little sis/big brother" relationship.Originally Posted by baxpup;2310170;
There could be some truth to that in some circumstances. But since I think Ian is one ugly creepy rodent-looking guy, he doesn't come near falling into the 'attractive male' arena for me. But in general, though that could happen, that's something that's thankfully not been a problem of speculation here at FoRT over the 4 seasons of DWtS.Originally Posted by lleyki;2310441;
You're giving Cheryl way too little credit and giving her a big role in a drama I seriously doubt she'd be involved in. If there's one thing that best sums up Cheryl Burke on DWtS, it's the word 'professionalism'. She has always enjoyed the mini-interviews and after-dance patter, and in the background when the cameras are concentrating on someone else, you could see her having an easy friendly banter or relationship with her partner. Not so this year. I doubt if Cheryl would even have given a thought to such an intricate game such as the one you envision above. As for Ian's not seeming to age? Ick, he looks every bit of his 43ish years and then some, to me. He looks like a sleezy red-eyed rodent.Originally Posted by lleyki;2310441;
The appropriateness comes from the person it's done too, not from who does it. If Cheryl doesn't like the guy, or has asked him not to do that, or for whatever reason she doesn't like Ian rubbing her arms and shoulders up and down like he does, then it's inappropriate. This isn't an all things being equal situation, because the touch of another person does indeed feel welcome or not depending on whether you like the person doing the touching. She liked Drew. She liked Emmitt. She's said that she felt comfortable around them and their families that she could be playful like a sister or friend without Drew or Emmitt or their wifes/families thinking she was flirting or anything. But if she doesn't like Ian, and doesn't feel comfortable being touchy-feely with him, then he needs to stop assuming it's ok to rub her like that. And by the way, the way Ian rubs her arms and shoulders up and down like that is more of a sexual/flirty contact unless it's your dad doing it. Also, there are certain ways to touch or rub a woman's arms/shoulders that feels just 'friendly/we did a great job' and other ways where it's just plain creepy and/or too intimate for what the woman feels is appropriate for them. And Cheryl's been giving off every signal there is that she doesn't like him doing that. It gets clearer each week, in fact. She stiffens perceptibly, and has now begun to walk from the judge's dais to the backstage without waiting for Ian. Her body language is loud and clear.Originally Posted by lleyki;2310441;
And it's unfortunate. I love Cheryl, and one of the highlights of the past 2 seasons had always been knowing when Cheryl and her partner came out to dance, I'd be smiling and sharing the happy feelings they brought, and seeing the sparkle in Cheryl's eyes. But this season, I actually feel bad when she's on. Her dancing is terrific as always, but now in the after-dance interviews and background shots, there seems to be no sparkle from her. In the interviews themselves, she will sometimes -- sometimes, not always, as she used to -- smile while talking, but when she does, the smile doesn't extend to her eyes.