The BBC has dismissed complaints that Strictly Come Dancing star Nicola Adams depicted a “blatant projection of homosexuality” in her Strictly Come Dancing performance with Katya Jones.
Adams and Jones were forced to drop out of the 2020 series of Strictly due to coronavirus but returned for one last dance in the 19 December finale – a sultry tango to the tune of Muse’s Feeling Good.
The romantic routine was a welcome change after previous criticism that the show was restricting them to tepid “gal pal” dances that painted them as “besties at the club”.
But it was all too much for some viewers, who took exception to what they saw as a “blatant projection of homosexuality” and complained to the broadcaster’s Executive Complaints Unit.
Fortunately, the BBC was having none of it.
A spokesperson did not confirm the number of complaints received in its latest report but stated that they were simply “not upheld” and will not be investigated any further, according to Metro.
It’s far from the first time Strictly Come Dancing has fielded criticism over its first same-sex pairing. Before Nicola Adams even set foot on the dance floor the BBC had received at least 100 complaints from angry homophobes.
In a response, the broadcaster said at the time: “Strictly Come Dancing is an inclusive show and is proud to have featured same-sex dancing amongst the professional dancers in group numbers in previous series.
“We have stated, in the past, that we are open to the prospect of including same sex pairings between our celebrities and professional dancers, should the opportunity arise. Nicola Adams requested an all-female pairing, which we are happy to facilitate.
“The show is first and foremost about dance, the sex of each partner within a coupling should have no bearing on their routine.”
Nicola Adams clearly had no time for the homophobes either, telling them bluntly: “If they don’t like it, they’re going to have to deal with it or switch to another channel.”