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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Reveals Why He Is Not Afraid To Speak His Mind

October 27, 2011 01:10 PM by Lisa Princ

Earlier today we heard Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman‘s comments about the drama that went down this week on ABC‘s Dancing With The Stars, and while Maksim Chmerkovskiy refused to apologize, our favorite Ukrainian dancer did explain why he is not afraid to speak his mind. Read on to find out more!

Maksim Chmerkovskiy may come off as hot-headed to some folks, but did you know that Maks has a great appreciation of his freedom of speech here in The United States? Maksim Chmerkovskiy revealed that is exactly why he is not afraid to speak his mind as he stated: “I’m reading what people say about, ‘How can I dare to speak like this?!’ Well it’s very simple. Seventeen years ago, I was given an opportunity to live in a country where I can actually exercise my freedom of speech. What people don’t know is, where I grew up, it was impossible. So, I’m a winner as far as I’m concerned. There’s nothing that can bring me down.”

His fellow dance pros are coming out of the woodwork as well to speak up about the heated exchange that took place, and some agree, while others don’t. Louis Van Amstel said: “As a pro, if you talk back to the judges it always makes you look like the bad guy, even if you’re right. I’m not saying I agree with Maks, because I actually don’t. Len never really explained why he said Maks was part of the problem, because he cut Len off. These discussions, in my opinion, are good because this was real. But, often times, Len blurts out statements that are so fabricated. I wish it was always real.”

Maksim Chmerkovskiy definitely has the support of Lacey Schwimmer as she recently stated that she wished she were brave enough to stand up for her partner like he did, and of course, he has the support of his brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, who recently Tweeted: “Maks is the most generous person I have ever met, and I don’t mean towards me! Cowards say what people like to hear… Remember that he might be the only person that actually exposes his real emotions on this show.” Former contestant and partner, Kirstie Alley also Tweeted her support to Maks, while Nancy Grace’s partner, Tristan MacManus seemed to stay neutral as he said: “People have reactions to things and everyone has their own opinion. That was his opinion and he felt like he had to verbalize it. Fair enough. That was his opinion. What he said was what he said.”

What did you think of the heated exchange by Maks and Len Goodman this week? Should Maksim Chmerkovskiy apologize? Are the judges right, or is Maks right? Comment and share your thoughts with us!

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8 Responses to “Maksim Chmerkovskiy Reveals Why He Is Not Afraid To Speak His Mind”

  1. LEE Says:
    October 27th, 2011 at 3:20 pm


  2. edith rice Says:
    October 27th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Maks. I am also a naturalized citizen, during my preparation (6 months) , I was introduced to “Freedom of Speech”. My understanding is that we have the freedom to express ourselves, but with it comes Responsability, so you must accept the consequences. I am sure you and Len did not expect your outburst to escalate to this point. Settle your differences professionally.

  3. Kathy P. Says:
    October 27th, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Agree with you 100% Maks! I suspect many of your fellow dancers agree but are afraid to speak lest they lose their job.

  4. Barb Says:
    October 28th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    The judges seem to have forgotten that they are there to critique the dancing…not the dancers. Comparing someone to a little animal, and watching them get destroyed is not supposed to be the object of the game. I will never forget Chaz’s face after the penguin comparison. I think that Len should give up his despicable habit of being crass and cruel with people’s feelings. It doesn’t make for better dancers.

  5. Maribeth Says:
    October 28th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Maks has my support. I think that the judges are rude and say things that are unneccessary. A true professional knows you can criticize without demoralizing. The stars have put themselves out there and certainly cannot be expected to be an expert in 6/8/ weeks. Constructive judging without comments like “This is your worst Dance” If they felt it was bad just give the score and shut-up. Carrie Ann is the worst, she constantly makes stupid comments. i.e. “It is offical your are a better dancer than Kim Kardasian” Now what was the purpose of making that comment. It made Rob and everyone else uncomfortable.

  6. sam Says:
    October 28th, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    maks is right! he had every right to speak up for his partner. the judges dont judge all the contestants the same way

  7. JK Says:
    October 31st, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Maks, I love Maks, but why after all these years is he running his mouth. This is not a dance show or contest. It is who the “voters”, the public, and the fans vote for. That is where the mistake lies.
    Who the heck says you can’t have a dance show with “normal” people and the professionals? I have watched it since it began and I can say that 75% of the “so-called” stars are not truely stars. What about all those supermodels over the years? Are they stars. Is Nancy Grace a star? She is an ex-lawyer and talks on tv.
    Let’s take the criticism Maks and also, he is really bullying her in front of the camera. That is the most discusting thing. What is Len supposed to say when he see clips of them argueing (Hope and Maks) all the darn time!

  8. HAYA PUD Says:
    November 1st, 2011 at 12:18 am

    i agree-the worst judge is CARRIE ANN-am wathing
    HUMILIATION, i for one cried every time and could not speak out,max behaved as a hero,finally, the many more episodes have accumulated and absolutely
    normally reached a point when an inner push of
    ‘say’ the painful truth —was inevitable. it was an outlet syndrome.He worked and tried so hard all tose years…


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