ABC Says ‘Definitive No’ to Two Men Dancing Together on Gay-Popular ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Ballroom Dancing in Antwerp. Image by Peter en Dimitri Weerebrodeck-Petrus.

Ballroom Dancing in Antwerp. Image by Peter en Dimitri Weerebrodeck-Petrus.

ABC is in hot water after they told recording artist Who is Fancy that he can’t use two men dancing together when the new single “Boys Like You” debuts on Dancing with the Stars. The song, which is about two men falling in love, will be played with a choreographed dance, but when Who is Fancy’s choreographer asked to use two men the show’s producer said no.

TMZ leaked the e-mails:

“…be an awesome look to have 2 males dancing with each other.’

“Apologies all but this is a definitive no from the network.”

 

ABC eventually relented by allowing “near dancing.”

Dancing with the Stars in the United States has never featured two same-sex dancers, but has had many LGBT people participate including Michael Sam, Carson Kresley, and Chaz Bono  (though always pairing with a dancer of the opposite sex).

Our friends in Israel included their first same-sex pairing in 2010.

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