Mia Michaels Slams Racist Criticism

So You Think You Can Dance judge Mia Michaels has been stung by criticism of her remarks since last week’s elimination of AdéChiké Torbert on the show — specifically, remarks to the effect that she has it in for black male dancers.

Michaels spoke with PopEater.com and admitted that such comments have made her feel “kind of angry because like, I want to tell them, ‘You don’t know me. You don’t know me at all.’ I mean, without getting, you know — it’s just, my friends, my boyfriends, my dancers. Some of the finest dancers that have worked for me are black men and my assistants are black men. People are trying to grab at anything to make a reason why I’m critiquing him as harsh as I do and, it’s — I keep getting this rap, I don’t like black male dancers, and anybody who knows me knows that’s just hilarious. We crack up.”

The Emmy-winning choreographer has been doing this for her entire career and said that ultimately, what she says is just an opinion, but that she has to be more mindful of how people may interpret her words.

“For me, AdéChiké was not one of the stronger dancers from the get-go. I honestly don’t think he would have been around as long as he was if we hadn’t had all the injuries we had this season. He’s very strong, an athlete, but he needs a lot of work in the fluidity department and style. He needs to tap into the artistry and the style of dancing,” she added.

Michaels also spoke to AdéChiké after his elimination, she says, and, as anyone would expect, he was disappointed not to make the finale. “But I also told him that he should be very happy, that he should be celebrating that he had gone so far. He’s going to do great.”

And now the attention turns to the three finalists — Kent Boyd, Lauren Froderman and Robert Roldan — one of whom is soon to be named this season’s winner.