Dancing with the Stars announced its full cast for Season 26 on Good Morning America today.
A shortened season, upcoming episodes will feature 10 past and present athletes competing for the Mirrorball Trophy, with participants including:
The NBA’s all-time leading scorer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The most famous women’s softball pitcher in history, Jennie Finch.
And Tonya Harding.
Yes, that Tonya Harding.
The very same Tonya Harding whose ex-husband confessed in 1994 to having masterminded an assault of Harding’s chief figure skating rival at the time, Nancy Kerrigan.
You can go look it up if you somehow aren’t familiar with this scandal:
Harding is VERY strongly believed to at the very least been aware of a plan to break Kerrigan’s kneecap just weeks prior to the Winter Olympics.
The former figure skater recently came out and admitted as much.
Despite Harding likely having played a role in severely injuring Kerrigan, and despite Harding showing absolutely no remorse in the years since, she has somehow been celebrated of late.
Heck, the disgraced ex-sports star even attended the Golden Globe Awards in January because a movie based on her life was nominated for Best Picture.
Fast forward a few months and Harding will now be placed in the spotlight on Dancing with the Stars.
She’ll be given a platform to resurrect her image… just one year after the show cast Kerrigan as a contestant!
We can’t imagine how Nancy must be feeling right about now, but we need not use our imagination when it comes to Twitter.
As you’re about to see below, social media users are aghast over ABC’s decision to team up with a basic criminal such as Harding.
“Have people forgotten what Tonya Harding did to Nancy Kerrigan? Why is she being celebrated and part of this show? I don’t get it. #DWTS,” wrote one disgruntled individual, while another added:
“I won’t be watching DWTS this season, I have no use for Tonya Harding who has no right being showcased anywhere other than in a jail cell.”
Shortly after the Kerrigan assault took place, Harding received three years probation and was sentenced to 500 hours of community service.
She was also assessed a $ 160,000 fine.
Three years later, she was banned for life by the U.S. Figure Skating Figure Skating Association from all sanctioned events for her involvement in the scandal.
What has she done to her a second shot at fame and fortune?
She sat back while a studio made a movie about her.
Truly, that’s all that has happened in the decades since.
This really is pretty disgusting.
Where do YOU stand on Tonya Harding going Dancing with the Stars?