On Saturday night, the scores of the DCI World Championships were announced. There wasn’t much controversy until the top four names were called.
The Cadets placed fourth, which was surprising since they were doing so well early season. The Bluecoats came in third, earning the bronze medal and beating the Cadets for the second year in a row.
Once second place was called, the crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium was both ecstatic and furious. Carolina Crown came in second place, putting the Blue Devils in first. The Blue Devils are known for winning, now having 17 championships under their belt, which is why people were so outraged when they won.
As soon as the scores were called, people started saying terrible things about the Blue Devils, DCI, the scoring system, the judges, the fans, and so much more. People were so outraged that they took to insulting the performers themselves, all of whom are young men and women 22 and below. The people who were saying these horrible things were using a plethora of rhetorical fallacies to get their point across. They had no evidence to back their claims, and their claims were essentially just insults.
As someone who doesn’t take the activity too seriously, I don’t really care who won. I believe the Blue Devils deserved it, although I wanted another corps to win. I believe that the real winner are everyone who got to perform this season, and that the losers are the people who took to insulting the performers when they didn’t get their way.