Dancing With the Stars 2013: D.L. Hughley Responds to Criticism — I’m Not a “Verbal Punching Bag”
What is it with these thin-skinned comedians? The most emotional people of Dancing With the StarsSeason 16 have been the two funny guys. Andy Dick had a pre-season breakdown, then struggled again during Week 3 rehearsals, but at least he seems to be having fun, overall. D.L. Hughley, on the other hand, has had a rough time with the judges, and instead of letting it slide off his shoulders — it's a dance show, not brain surgery! — he seems to be taking it really personally.
During the Week 3 Performance Show, the judges took turns mocking D.L. with colorful criticism, including Len Goodman saying if D.L. was meant to be a "sex machine" in his Salsa then Len is America's Next Top Model.
After the show, D.L. told E! News he wishes his microphone could be turned on when the judges share their criticism, so he can respond. "I would like the opportunity to retort back!" D.L. said. "I think that if they're going to play rough, I should be able to play rough too. If you're going to say some stuff, I should be able to say some stuff back. Talking about each other and verbally assaulting, that's my thing so that would have been fun. So, next show, I am going to tell them, I would like to have a microphone too. That is on. Again, I don't want to be a verbal punching bag."
The judges were pretty harsh, but ... deep breaths! It’s just a dance show! And the best way to avoid criticism is to improve the dancing, not the responses.
Meanwhile, Wynonna Judd, who got an even lower score (but kinder comments) on Week 3, told E! News, "We have a saying in our family ... Identify and let it fly." In other words, she's not taking the criticism personally. She knows what she's good at, and if it isn't dancing (and so far, it isn't) she's cool with that. She's just having fun.