Dance Woe; A Short response to Robbie Williams naive comments regarding dancing and having a seizure.
I can’t dance! I’m ridiculously bad at most forms of dancing, I can maybe shimmy about self consciously to my favourite song and at best can jump to right ( or is it left? ) for the Time Warp, but no, dancing is not my forte, unless of course we consider the fast paced routine of the Seizure solo? Oh yes, I’m pretty fantastic at that! ( Though many thanks to my anti seizure meds my routines are a little less elaborate and infrequent, now! )
I can’t really explain my routine to you because when I am doing the “Seizure solo ” I am all on my own, and I am extremely frightened and my husband and little boy or the helpful stranger in the street are certainly not enjoying my ” dance” they are all very concerned , worried and bewildered and actually that isn’t very funny at all. My grande finale usually involves a very ungracious fall to the floor, followed by feeling very unwell, often unable to verbalise concise or coherent thoughts and then utter exhaustion. It is not jiving gone wrong or an embarrassing old ma, it’s being poorly and then picking yourself back up off the floor with much help and support from family, friends, Doctors, Nurses, neurologist and Epilepsy support groups.
It isn’t vaguely a show stopper you would like to emulate so I am curious as to why is it so amusing for Entertainer, Robbie Williams to compare his Mother in Laws dancing to that of someone having a seizure?
Where is joke?
Am I being overly sensitive?
Is Jive Jerking such a thing?
No. NEVER. Is it funny? Not one iota!
Unfortunately this is just a Ill conceived throwaway comment said without thinking ( I hope!) from a internationally well known Super star, to a very large audience. This instantly perpetuates and makes light of a condition he and many others do not fully understand, and whom don’t truly consider how difficult it can be to manage epilepsy and the effects on yours or a loved ones life.
It doesn’t make me laugh, it makes me feel sad and disappointed that Robbie Williams could be so flippant and blasé about a serious neurological condition.
So, it’s Slow clap for Robbie Williams from me for casually saying on TV that he wasn’t sure if his mother in law was dancing or having a seizure. I know the difference.
Let me categorically tell you having a seizure is not like crazy dancing and while I’m sure Robbie Williams didn’t say this without malice it was still a flippant and ignorant comment that truly belittles Epilepsy sufferers and the understanding of the condition.
“Let me educate you! ” having a seizure is not comparable to some mediocre dancing by a relative, worthy of a cheap laugh on day time TV, but you would think that was rather obvious,surely?
if epilepsy is like dancing then “Let me entertain you” once I’ve started breathing again!
I am not impressed.
Epilepsy speaks ….