According to a video posted by Radar Online, Ralph “The Karate Kid” Macchio claims that he will NOT be checking out his Dancing with the Stars partner Karina Smirnoff’s recent nude spread in Playboy. He claims to have an “older brother/younger sister relationship” with the 33-year-old Ukranian dancer. Yeah, right, Ralph Macchio.
Now, I’m not saying Ralph is headed to his local bookstore right now for a little “wax on/wax off” action, but to claim he has no interest in seeing Karina take her clothes Smirn-off (insert rimshot here) isn’t something I or anyone with half a brain believes for a nanosecond. If you told me that the aging female janitor from my former high school posed naked for Playboy, I’d not hesitate to Google it, if only out of morbid curiosity. For Macchio to claim that he’s not even a little curious expands believability to limits that would easily turn your Stretch Armstrong into a sad pile of latex and corn syrup. It’s simple human nature to want to see your opposite sex acquaintances naked, especially the svelte Ukrainian ones. Saying you don’t is akin to claiming you’ve never had a sexual thought or have no opinion on which Disney princess is the hottest (it’s a three-way tie between the Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, and Princess Jasmine, in case you’re curious).
What leads a seemingly normal former teen actor to make such a ridiculous claim that clearly no one is going to believe? Is it our socially conservative American society demonizing sex and sexuality to such a degree than any attitude that isn’t strictly puritanical is seen as immoral filth? Surely that backlash would be no more than the backlash he’s currently getting on the internet. Is it some warped sense of what he believes decency to be? Were all those blows he took at the hands of Johnny and his fellow Cobra Kai members following the Halloween party slightly more real than they appeared in 1984?
Whatever it is… yeah right, Ralph Macchio.