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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