This news sent shock waves through my system. After years of perpetually defending Michael Jackson and even publicly mourning his death, Wade Robson has accused the late singer of sexual abuse. Robson, a well-known choreographer, was a key witness in the 2005 case against Jackson, testifying under oath that no such foul play happened. He is now suing the estate, claiming that his delayed suit is a result of having repressed his painful memories.
There’s not much to say here other than I have no idea what to believe. At the time of Jackson’s death, Robson publicly mourned, rehashing details of his family’s friendship with the mega-star. There’s no current evidence that Robson is financially strained either. As for Jackson’s estate, they’re calling Robson “outrageous” and “pathetic.”
If you’re unfamiliar with his work, watch the videos below.
I promise that this is my last post about Britney Spears’ choreography. I’ve said it twice already, and I’m only saying it a third time in hopes that her people come across this blog and fix the issue. I have no idea why Britney Spears cannot dance anymore. I originally thought it was nerves, but I’m starting to think she lost her edge. I know her album is great, and I’m still a fan. But there is an astronomical difference in her dance quality from when she first entered the business versus now, and it’s almost bizarre. Has she forgotten how to dance? Her choreography is incredibly easy, and her movements still aren’t crisp. She’s walking around the stage while occasionally moving her arms around. I’ve always defended her lip-syncing, because it was virtually impossible to sing live while executing her dance-heavy movements, but at this point, there’s no excuse. Either sing live while surrounded by professional dancers, or actually dance. It’s one or the other. Watch her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel below, and then watch her vintage David Letterman appearance to see the difference.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. No one is a bigger Britney Spears fan than The Dishmaster. When she launched her comeback and turned her life around, I was extremely happy for her, and I cut her a lot of performance-slack. It’s been a few years since that comeback, and I’ve officially raised my standards. Her performance on Good Morning America was sub-par at best. You cannot put on a sparkly leotard and walk around the stage while your dancers do all the heavy lifting. Britney Spears launched her career as a dancer/performer, so it would only make sense to have challenging choreography. So what’s the problem, and will we ever see Britney execute the same power moves as she did in her early days? I can’t help but wonder if the true genius behind Britney Spears’ career-best days was Wade Robson, and his departure has changed Britney’s caliber forever. Unless she starts to do more than wave her arms around and walk from one side of the stage to the other, I’m unsatisfied. Watch the video below to see her GMA performance, and watch the second video to see how she used to dance.
If you’re a fan of The Dishmaster, then you know what a huge Britney Spears fan I am. Having said that, I’d like to take this opportunity to insult her for just a moment. She performed in Vegas over the weekend to promote the launch of her new album, Femme Fatale, and after watching her concert videos, it’s clear she’s not back to her career launching status. When Britney first entered the business, her performances were heavily danced focused, with Wade Robson choreographing all of her concerts, videos, and live performances. Since Britney’s comeback and Wade’s subsequent departure, she hasn’t returned to her original caliber. When you lip-sync, you have to dance. There’s no way around it. You can’t simply put on a sparkly outfit and walk slowly around the stage while sporadically moving your arms around. I need more than that, especially when you’re known for performances alone. I hate to pick on her, because I’m very happy for her comeback success, and I love every one of her songs. But enough is enough. Start dancing. I’d encourage you to watch the video below sans sound. It’s low quality, but you’ll get my point.