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Joseph Smith is My Home Boy

Susan M - May 29, 2008

So You Think You Can Dance showed their Salt Lake City auditions last night. Man are there some crazy Mormons out there.

One hip hop dancer wore a tshirt that said “Joseph Smith Is My Homeboy.” Is this popular wear in Utah?

I kept wincing at how crazy they were making Mormons look. Until the show moved on to Dallas and even crazier people were shown. At least the Mormons mostly seemed crazy because of their large families. (And inability to fathom that they suck at dancing. But that’s common on this show.)

Anyone know anyone on the show? There were some great dancers who made it.


  1. Great T-shirt. Boy, I’d love to have seen that episode. I guess there are cringe worthy folks in every state.

    Comment by meems — May 29, 2008 @ 7:30 am

  2. Yeah. I winced there too.

    Although I’m fairly sure a lot of those folks weren’t Mormon. (The DJ for the strip club for instance? – although they should have mentioned that strip clubs in Utah require women to be clothed over all the “naughty” bits)

    Comment by Clark — May 29, 2008 @ 10:05 am

  3. To add, I thought they were way too mean to that one lady. It was pretty clear she had mental handicap issues. I guess the judges only saw her dance. But the interviews before made it really clear that she wasn’t exactly normal.

    I think the show tends to bring those kinds out. Which is OK. But the ones who are “obvious” like the downs syndrome kid they are nice to while the others they make fun of and are mean and then put on TV for everyone to ridicule.

    As I mentioned to my wife last night there is just something wrong with that. I confess I get no joy out of watching the bad dancers and the abuse they take. Usually I’m really eager to get past the initial try outs just because of that. I watch at this stage just because there are usually one or two just amazing dancers. (Like last week’s popper or this week’s hip hop guy in Dallas)

    Comment by Clark — May 29, 2008 @ 10:07 am

  4. I’d be willing to hazard a guess that the DJ was raised Mormon.

    I get impatient with all the bad dancers and crazy people they show—then you only get a glimpse of happy people who actually made it, and don’t get to see their auditions.

    I had to laugh when the judges yelled at the guy with the Mickey Mouse ponytails to get out of the auditorium when they were the ones delaying his departure.

    Comment by Susan M — May 29, 2008 @ 10:12 am

  5. Yeah. And compared to some of the really bad dancers the Mickey Mouse guy wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t really dancing beyond how most of us dance. But I didn’t think it quite deserved the berating he got. On the other hand once he swore at them he was pretty pissed off.

    Comment by Clark — May 29, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

  6. When the Olympics came to Salt Lake, Good Morning America was doing the weather report each morning from Salt Lake as well.

    One of the guys on our Olympic volunteer crew said he was planning to go down there and be one of the cheering audience, waving a sign reading:

    “Diane, will you be my second wife?”

    He totally should have followed-through with it.

    Comment by Seth R. — May 30, 2008 @ 7:48 pm

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