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"SYTYCD" Under Fire

By admin Published: May 22, 2009

Last night, I was watching some of "So You Think You Can Dance" with the bride -- she's a devote fan. And when Nigel Lythgoe made some weird remarks about two men dancing together, I said that GLAAD was probably going to go after him. Sure enough, in today's e-mail:

On the May 21 season premiere of Fox’s popular reality competition show So You Think You Can Dance, aspiring competitors Misha Belfer and Mitchel Kibel performed a samba for the judges at the program’s Denver auditions. Though the judges did offer some praise to the men, judge Nigel Lythgoe -- in his on-air and online criticisms of their performance -- made snide, and ultimately homophobic, comments about the routine that have led to calls for an apology to both the dancers and to the LGBT community.

During the telecast, Lythgoe said: “I think you probably alienate a lot of our audience. I mean, we’ve always had the guys dance together on the show, but I’ve -- they’ve never really done it in each other’s arms before.” Shortly thereafter, he added, “Do you know what? I’d like to see you both dancing with a girl.”

Lythgoe later wrote on Twitter: “The same sex ballroom guys did remind me of 'Blades of Glory.' However, I'm not a fan of 'Brokeback' Ballroom.”

"It's unacceptable for this kind of blatant homophobia to occur" said GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "Fox Entertainment and Nigel Lythgoe owe Misha, Mitchel and the whole LGBT community an apology."

Since the incident, GLAAD has been flooded with feedback from community members concerned that last night’s comments and tweets amount to a promotion of homophobia by a top-rated network reality-show judge. After contacting Fox, a representative at So You Think You Can Dance told GLAAD they are passing along our concerns and will get back with us.

TAKE ACTION

Contact Fox Entertainment today. Call on them to listen to and discuss our community’s concerns -- and call on Nigel Lythgoe to apologize for his snide, homophobic remarks.

TAKE ACTION

Contact Fox Entertainment today. Call on them to listen to and discuss our community’s concerns -- and call on Nigel Lythgoe to apologize for his snide, homophobic remarks.

Contact:

Erica Keane
Vice President, Media Relations
Fox Broadcasting Company
(212) 301-3613
erica.keane@foxtv.com

Michelle Hooper
Senior Vice President of Entertainment Publicity
Fox Broadcasting Company
(310) 369-1000
michelle.hooper@fox.com

Lindsay Luttrell
So You Think You can Dance
(323) 575-6100

I'm not surprised. Lythgoe's comments were inappropriate, regardless of what he thinks his audience thinks.


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