A controversial episode of Lifetime’s “Dance Moms” — in which the preteen girls seen on the show were costumed as risque, Las Vegas-style “fan dancers” — will likely never be aired again, according to a report from Eonline here.
The story has a “Lifetime rep” confirming that the cable channel has “wiped” the episode from its schedule, but gives no other details. We’re left to presume that this means the episode, which first aired on March 6, won’t be seen again, either in repeats on Lifetime’s own schedule or sometime in the future, if and when episodes of “Dance Moms” ever get syndicated and turn up on other stations or networks.
If that’s the case, then the episode will join a very small, select group of individual TV episodes to meet this fate. Off the top of our heads, we remember at least one: A late episode of “Seinfeld” that included a scene in which a Puerto Rican flag was burned. This episode was yanked, for a time, from the episodes of “Seinfeld” that appear in rerun syndication. Now, though, according to Wikipedia here, the episode is sometimes aired and sometimes not. There was also — and this is true, cross our hearts, you can look it up — an infamous episode of “The Jerry Springer Show” called “I Married A Horse,” which featured guests who really loved their pets. This one never aired — not even once.
As for this “Dance Moms” episode, criticism erupted after it aired because the dance routine in question appeared to “sexualize” these little girls, who were costumed in skimpy outfits more commonly associated with the late-night, semi-nude stage shows mounted for adult audiences in Las Vegas casinos.
Of course, this particular controversy was just the latest in a long string of dustups that have long accompanied each new episode of “Dance Moms,” the reality series about a tyrannical Pittsburgh-area dance teacher, Abby Lee Miller, and her rocky relationships with the mothers of her young pupils.
The controversies surrounding “Dance Moms” are not limited to that show. They’re the same ones that crop up almost every week following the TLC kiddie-pageant reality series “Toddlers & Tiaras.”