File this one under “what the heck was he thinking?”
In possibly one of the meanest and most sexist moments in Dancing with the Stars history, judge Bruno Tonioli made a totally asinine comment about contestant, Charlotte McKinney, which didn’t even pertain to her dancing performance.
“You’re never going to win the Nobel Prize for quantum physics, but you’re easy on the eyes and you produce wonderful shapes,” said Tonioli, who we’re sure is a card-carrying member of Mensa himself. The comment came on the same night McKinney was eliminated from the show, which makes the dig that much more mean-spirited.
DWTS fans and non-fans alike were shocked at the comment and took to Twitter to let Tonioli know how they felt about his totally inappropriate words, but the judge was unapologetic and even seemed to be laughing about the response he’s received. “Appreciate all feedback Thank you LOL (sic),” Tonioli tweeted.
What a show @DancingABC exciting surprising unpredictable our dancers creativity top of the game appreciate all feedback
Thank you LOL
— Bruno Tonioli (@BrunoTonioli) March 31, 2015
While McKinney has taken the high road — though she did tell Good Morning America she felt the comment was “uncalled for” — Twitter users weren’t about to let Tonioli get away with his perplexing statement.
Many were appalled at Tonioli’s archaic notion that being beautiful equals low intelligence.
— Mandy Hale (@MissMandyHale) March 31, 2015
@BrunoTonioli very disrespectful tonight. U basically told that girl, you're dumb but pretty.
— Edward Taylor (@TheLandrover) March 31, 2015
Other fans called on Dancing with the Stars‘ producers to hold their judges to a higher standard.
— Sarah Windham (@SarahfWindham) March 31, 2015
— Christine Ballart (@cballart) March 31, 2015
The sexist nature of the zinger was what disturbed commenters the most.
@BrunoTonioli Your sexist remark on Monday's performance was totally wrong.
— Lois Trunt (@truntl) March 31, 2015