In a recent episode, Strictly Come Dancing made the landmark decision to feature a same-sex dance routine between professional dancers Johannes Radebe and Graziano Di Prima. Overall, the performance received hugely positive responses, with viewers on social media sharing how it had moved them to tears and praising the show’s producers for its inclusion.
However, there’s always one, or 189 to be exact. It was revealed today that the BBC received a number of complaints from viewers who felt it was “offensive to feature two men dancing as a pair”. To save viewers who haven’t seen the dance and who are wondering just what might be so shocking about two men dancing – the complaints are basically homophobic. The pair dance together as part of a number which features other dancers dancing alongside them. There’s nothing offensive and it’s all rather lovely.
In response to the complaints, the BBC released the statement, “Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have been able to facilitate the dance between Johannes and Graziano during the Professionals’ dance. They are dancers first and foremost, and their sex had no bearing on their routine.” Basically giving the complaints the weight they deserve.
Before the complaints came to light, one of the pair, Johannes, an openly gay man, spoke about the routine in an interview with Hello saying, “I’ve never felt so liberated. For the first time in my life, I feel accepted for who I am. That says so much about the people of this country.
“To be able to dance with a friend I respect and adore is joyous. There’s bromance galore between us, but there were no male and female roles, just free movement. It was beautiful, classy and elegant.”
Johannes made another big impact when he brought Ballroom culture to the main stage, wowing viewers.
— BBC Strictly ✨ (@bbcstrictly) October 20, 2019
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