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Strictly faces complaints over ‘smutty’ lesbian joke in ‘family’ show

Patrick Kelleher November 11, 2019
Strictly Come Dancing lesbian joke

Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly (Gareth Cattermole/Getty)

LGBT+ people everywhere will be shocked to learn that some straight people are very upset over a joke about same-sex attraction made on Strictly Come Dancing at the weekend.

Some viewers are up in arms over a joke made by Claudia Winkleman about her co-presenter Tess Daly on Saturday’s instalment of the hit dance contest.

When the pair introduced Michelle Visage and Giovanni Pernice, a clip of their song ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’ was played.

Claudia declared that she loved the song and asked what it was, the Manchester Evening News reports.

“’I Just Want To Make Love To You’,” Tess replied.

Claudia replied: “Well the feeling’s mutual, obviously we’re sharing a room in Blackpool. But what’s the song called?”

Straight people have hit out at the ‘inappropriate’ and ‘smutty’ joke.

It was a fairly innocuous comment – but not everyone liked it. Some straight people have hit out at the presenters on Twitter as they believe the moment was inappropriate.

One Twitter user tweeted the official Strictly account, Ofcom, BBC Complaints, Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman to express his extreme dissatisfaction at lesbian content on Strictly.

Others decried the “inappropriate” joke on a “family show”.

While the joke didn’t go down well with a few unhappy straight people, it got plenty of support from LGBT+ Twitter users.

PinkNews has contacted the BBC to find out if any official complaints have been logged with the broadcaster over the lesbian joke.

Strictly Come Dancing recently aired its first ever same-sex dance.

The controversial lesbian joke came just a week after Strictly Come Dancing featured its first ever same-sex dance on the show.

Dancing to Emeli Sande’s ‘Shine’, Johannes Radebe and Graziano di Prim brought fans and judges to tears in what was a hotly anticipated moment.

Well the feeling’s mutual, obviously we’re sharing a room in Blackpool. But what’s the song called?

Speaking about the dance, Johannes told HELLO! magazine: “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.”

Meanwhile, the BBC revealed that they received complaints from disgruntled viewers over the same-sex dance routine.

“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,” the broadcaster said in a response to the complaints.

“They are dancers first and foremost, and their sex had no bearing on their routine.”

More: Claudia WInkleman, Strictly Come Dancing, Tess Daly

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