A new reality show on A&E will be filmed in a Philadelphia high school starring Tony Danza. That’s right kids! Danza will be co-teaching English to Northeast high school, which is interesting considering that he is barely qualified to speak English, himself. Danza has stated that he always wanted to get into teaching, before acting. To my surprise, the buzz around the city has become quite a frenzy surrounding this idea of a show. For many reasons, I for one, cannot see this thing lasting.
I mean, who wants to see Tony Danza teaching English—of all things? When he starred in television’s “Taxi”, he was the butt of many jokes. This may have been because he always resembles and portrays the stereotype of a dumb Italian hottie. Remember his quirky lines in Taxi?
Alex: I don’t understand, why can’t you do it?
Tony: I can’t be alone with him! I’m the one he spends tortured nights dreaming about!
Alex: He said that?
Tony [shrugging]: No, I’m just assuming.
Oh yeah Tony Banta, your sooooo attractive. Every girl wants to date a taxi driver, or better yet a male maid.
Which brings me to “Who’s the Boss?” Tony played basically the same character above (and in his real life), who moves into a divorced business woman’s house to be her family’s maid. To further tarnish his life, Danza was arrested just before the show aired in NYC for fighting at a bar, and received numerous charges for assault and battery. Do you want this guy teaching your kids?
I guess we should just be glad he’s not teaching Go Cart racing.
So basically, the city of Philadelphia is gaining a douche for a teacher (nothing too new). But Danza seems like he does actually care – releasing this statement (philly.com):
“I’m so scared. You have no idea,” Danza said in a phone interview Thursday, “I can tap-dance, but I don’t know if I can make kids learn yet.”
What?!?! What do you mean scared? You’re finally getting your big break! Don’t worry. Mayor Nutter’s got your back,
“There are too many negative images of our city’s young people and schools on television,” Nutter wrote, “I believe that ‘Teach’ represents a unique opportunity to highlight many of our city’s dedicated teachers and administrators, and the talented students they serve.”
Well said, Mr. Nutter. Even though Philadelphia is a struggling, low-income school district with an insane amount of high school drop outs, with about half of the city’s students are considered proficient in reading and math, the important thing is that we’re giving Tony Danza a chance to dick around for the sake of reality TV ratings.
It’s called, “Teach” and should start production soon. Courage.
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