On Tuesday, May 31, Siwa quote-retweeted a critic who wrote:
"Dammit. I saw the headline 'Judge Leaves #sytycd' and got all excited. Yes! @itsjojosiwa was out! But, nope. It was Matthew Morrison. Dammit! I thought he brought the Broadway perspective to the show. Maybe not an expert on dance, but on showmanship. Still won't watch."
"Literally why tweet this?"
In a subsequent tweet, Siwa noted:
"18 Years of Dance Knowledge. 4 Major dance TV shows. I've hired over 1000 dancers. 16 Dance music videos. If you don't like me that's okay... but if you think I don't know about dance ya just sound silly."
\u201c18 Years of Dance Knowledge \n\n4 Major dance TV shows \n\nI\u2019ve hired over 1000 dancers \n\n16 Dance music videos \n\nIf you don\u2019t like me that\u2019s okay\u2026 but if you think I don\u2019t know about dance ya just sound silly\u201d
Among her numerous achievements, Siwa was a standout star on Dance Moms, created a highly successful YouTube channel, published several books, starred in her own film The J Team, currently has over 11 million followers on Instagram, and was named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2020.
There's no denying that Siwa is more than qualified to be a judge on So You Think You Can Dance. Moreover, she also has the potential to attract a brand-new audience of young fans to watch the show, which is great for ratings and social media impressions.
As pointed out by Siwa, it's one thing to dislike her, but it's an entirely different thing to discredit her hard work, long experience, and massive success in the field of dance.
So You Think You Can Dance season 17 airs Wednesdays at 9pm on Fox.