Valentin Chermkov…Who?

A little fellow by the name Valentin Chmerkovskiy caused a bit of ruckus over the weekend. Some of you may recognize him from Dancing with the Stars while others who are not divorced women experiencing a midlife crisis… don’t.

So what happened, exactly? He posted a meme of a child whom has Down syndrome drinking a soda at a baseball game with the caption “Letting your kid become obese should be considered child abuse.”

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Pause. Pause. Pause. Pause. Pause.

Let’s break this down. A human adult that exists in American society saw this young girl with special needs and stalkingly decided to take a photo and upload online. THEN multiple other human adults that also exist in American society found said photo and turned it into a meme. That meme was then discovered by Valentin, another human adult, at which point he said, “Hey. Look at that. This seems like a solid idea.” and posted it on social media.

Maybe Valentin thinks that since he navigates the world through interpretive dance while the rest of us walk he’s excused. Maybe he thinks that a mediocre dance show is enough of a platform for him that people will receive his ignorance positively. Well, Chermy… I’m here to tell you that you’re not excused. Those with Down syndrome struggle with their weight. It is a part of the disorder. If you could stop taking shirtless photos and staring at yourself in the mirror for long enough you might have been able to learn something. The person who gave Pat Robertson a television show is more capable of being excused than you at this point. Good luck sashaying your way out of this one.

Valentin has since removed the meme and posted a statement that reads, “I am truly sorry for the lack of sensitivity … but on some level I have to agree.” Ah, there’s nothing like consistently reminding us that you’re a genuinely terrible person.

The good news is the girl and her family has sued Valentin for six million dollars. Even better news is she can buy tickets to as many baseball games as she wants. Get it girl. Look who’s dancing with the stars now, bitch.

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To donate to the National Down Syndrome Society click here.

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