What Oscar Accomplished When He Danced on America’s Got Talent
America’s Got Talent is a show that spotlights diverse talent from across the country… and it usually makes me feel rather inadequate, considering my talents are of the non-stage variety (like… um, cooking and talking?). But Oscar Hernandez’s 4-yes performance this week in the show’s Season 12 has validated that – I CAN DANCE!
Well, maybe I can’t. But the truth is that I’ve never let myself even think about it because my body is… let’s just say, not a model’s. To me (and SO MANY others) that’s always meant that dancing for anyone but my mirror is off-limits.
Oscar changed that. He said, heck – I can dance, and I’m going to show America! And he did! He got a roaring audience, stunned judges, and four yeses that take him to the next round in the show.
Watch this clip of Oscar’s act:
Oscar’s courage to celebrate his strengths despite popular damning culture is a victory for all the folks out here whose bodies are not the way audiences might expect. While his dancing talent is certainly going to take him far, I think his attitude and pride in his own self are going to get him even further.
A body is just a container for our beautiful selves. No one should let anyone tell us what a model body is, and no one should stop us from appreciating our bodies and what they can do (and showing it off, if we so feel like).
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