On So You Think You Can Dance, young female dancers frequently audition in tight, form-fitting, or revealing outfits. It’s not uncommon for the girls to display bare midriffs or perform in little more than a bikini top. The judges take this in stride; no one comments.
But when the shirts of young male dancers become untucked, unbuttoned, or get removed entirely, the judges (including Nigel) squeal like schoolgirls.
“Keep that shirt on!” shouts one. “Button up that shirt, please!” insists another. Last night, when a male dancer’s shirt rose high enough to expose a half-inch of his flat tummy, Mary pitched a fit. “Watch that shirt! It’s coming outta there!”
I don’t get it. If it’s okay for a woman to prance and twist and leap around in little more than a bra … why does the exposure of a male’s abs or chest cause such a huge commotion?