Dancing with the Stars Sensation Critiques Season 32 Casting Call, Claims She’d Wisely Decline Dance Partner


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Sharna Burgess Speaks Out Against DWTS Casting Amid Controversy


Sharna Burgess, a veteran pro dancer on “Dancing With the Stars,” has expressed her displeasure with the show’s casting decisions. Burgess, who is not part of the 32nd season’s cast, criticized the inclusion of former NFL player Adrian Peterson. In an episode of iHeartRadio’s “Old-ish” podcast, Burgess voiced her concerns about Peterson’s controversial past and suggested that she would refuse to work with him if given the opportunity. Her comments come after the surprise of not being asked back for the current season of the popular ABC celebrity ballroom competition.

Sharna Burgess Disapproves of Adrian Peterson’s Casting

During the podcast, Burgess openly shared her shock upon learning that Peterson would be a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.” Peterson, a former NFL running back, has faced allegations of child abuse and domestic violence, making his presence on the show unsettling for Burgess. She expressed her concerns, stating, “The man has been charged with child abuse of his four-year-old son in the way that he punishes him, and that is just devastating for me.” As a mother herself, Burgess declared that she would be unable to work with Peterson and would opt out of such a partnership.

Partnered with pro dancer Britt Stewart, Peterson’s announcement on Instagram received a backlash from fans. Many expressed their disappointment and even apologized to Stewart for her association with an alleged abuser. Peterson’s legal troubles stem from a 2014 incident in which he disciplined his son with a tree branch, causing injury. Although he pleaded no contest to a lesser charge of misdemeanor reckless assault and faced consequences, the controversy surrounding his actions still lingers.

While Peterson’s casting has aroused criticism, it is worth noting that “Dancing With the Stars” has had its share of controversial contestants in the past. Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather, who has a documented history of domestic violence, participated in season 5. Other contestants with controversial backgrounds include former Olympic skater Tonya Harding, who pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution in relation to the attack on Nancy Kerrigan during the 1994 Olympics, and celebrity cook Paula Deen, who was involved in a racism scandal in 2018.

The casting choices of the show have also received criticism for featuring “divisive” political figures. Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s appearance on season 28 drew backlash from former host Tom Bergeron, who expressed his concerns about the show’s decision to cast such characters. Despite the controversies surrounding some contestants, “Dancing With the Stars” continues to attract a wide range of celebrities and public figures.

The cast for season 32 of “Dancing With the Stars” includes Tyson Beckford, Xochitl Gomez, Alyson Hannigan, Harry Jowsey, Charity Lawson, Ariana Madix, Jason Mraz, Lele Pons, Mira Sorvino, Jamie Lynn Spears, Mauricio Umansky, Matt Walsh, and Barry Williams. The inclusion of these diverse celebrities promises an entertaining and engaging season of the popular dance competition.

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Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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