Susan Calman EXPLODES over Strictly Come Dancing ‘same-sex couples’
Speaking at the Strictly press day, the Scottish comedienne had a barbed response when asked whether she was disappointed at the lack of same-sex dance couples on the show for its 15th series.
“No, I’m not disappointed,” Susan replied. “It is my decision to dance with a man. I want to dance with a man, and I think sometimes there’s nothing more powerful than an openly gay woman on the biggest show on television, whose wife is in the front row, doing what she wants to do.
“I have protested, I have picketed, I have fought, I have been spat on, I have been punched for the gay community. This isn’t about my sexuality, this is a woman wanting to learn how to dance.
“There will be a time for same-sex dancing. I seem to be bearing the brunt of the LGBT society; I’m getting it in the neck the way [previous contestants] Will Young and Judge Rinder didn’t.”
When further asked whether a same-sex couple dancing would be ‘celebrated’ on the show, the I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue pannelist snapped: “I don’t know! That’s someone else’s decision.
Her voice shaking with emotion, Susan added: “My decision is that I want to dance with a man.
“Putting the weight of the LGBT community on me and changing platforms and changing perceptions is unfair, upsetting and ignoring the impact I will have on the biggest show on television.
“No-one can say I haven’t stood up for my community. The idea that people are depressed by it and upset by it offends me because I’ve done a f**k of a lot for that community.
“It’s become a bigger deal than it should have. It’s about a woman learning to dance.”
Reverend Richard Coles, the other openly gay contestant on this year’s show, disagreed with Susan, saying now was the right time for a same-sex couple on the show – and had a plan to make it happen.
“I’m very happy to dance with [professional dancer] Aljaz Skorjanec anywhere, any place and any time,” he said.
“We’ve had a discussion about it actually. It’s not like anyone’s missed the idea or principle. It’s a question of doing it. I think this year would be a good year to do it actually with the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of the sexual offences act.
“I might just throw myself at Aljaz until it happens!”
Strictly Come Dancing launches on Saturday, 9th September on BBC1 at 7pm.