A Christian female athlete is being applauded for standing up for her beliefs and refusing to dance to a “risqué” song on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.
Professional softball player Jennie Finch-Daigle told the show’s producer and then her partner that she couldn’t dance to Janelle Monáe’s song “Make Me Feel,” which is filled with suggestive lyrics and touches on bisexuality. It’s even been called a “bisexual anthem.”
“I’m not really sure about the song,” she told dance partner Keo Motsepe during a rehearsal broadcast on the May 7 episode. “It’s just not me.”
Motsepe told her to “just relax” and that he would “make it work.”
Viewers then heard a phone call between her and the producer in which she said, “I’m struggling with my song choice. It’s a little too risqué. I’m just not feeling comfortable with it. I can’t go through with it.”
She later told Motsepe, “I need to follow who I am and stand up for what I believe.”
Because of the change in songs, the two had only three days to prepare a new dance.
Finch-Daigle later told reporters, according to US Weekly, “I want to glorify God out there, and that just wasn’t a great choice for me to do that.”
On the official Dancing With The Stars YouTube channel, most commenters praised her decision.
“She did fantastic for having changed the song that late in the week! She followed her instincts, and that’s great! Good to do that now in the competition rather than later,” one person wrote.
Another wrote, “I give Jennie major props. She stays true to who she is as a person and I commend/respect her for doing so.”
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She won a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and a silver medal in 2008.