ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars will not permit two men to dance as a couple during a special performance.
An openly gay singer, Who Is Fancy (yes, that is what he calls himself), is set to perform his new song, “Boys Like You,” with Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor on the reality competition show’s November 23 episode. The song is about a man falling in love with another man, so the singer’s choreographer wanted to have two men dancing with each other in the performance.
TMZ reports the network will not allow it.
Sources say that that DWTS producer responded to the request via email: “Apologies all but this is a definitive no from the network.”
The network will allow “near” dancing like a performance earlier in the week where “pro dancers Alek Skarlatos and Carlos PenaVega basically toss each other around to Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You.'”
Representatives declined to comment about the situation, but a TMZ source says: “Creative conversations are ongoing about the dance number.”
Business Insider complains, “It would seem that ABC’s nonfiction shows haven’t caught up to its scripted series. A gay couple is part of the central story on ‘Modern Family,’ for example. But it did take ‘Modern Family’ one season for its gay couple, Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitch (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), to kiss, after pressure from viewers and critics.”
What do you think? Should ABC have two men dancing as a couple on Dancing with the Stars?