Update: Nigel Lythgoe Issues An Aopolgy via GLAAD Blog
Of all the places you would think homophobia would rear it's ugly head. If you were watching the premiere episode of the FOX reality show So You Think You Can Dance last night or if you've been privy to the brewing online controversy over judge Nigel Lythgoe's homophobic remarks toward same -sex dance couple Misha Belfer and Mitchel Kibel, then you won't be surprised to know that GLAAD has acted swiftly and demanded an apology.
Upon watching the couple's samba routine Lythgoe had this to say: "I think you'd probably alienate a lot of our audience. We've always had the guys dance together on the show but they've never really done it in each other's arms before. I'm really one of those people that like to see guys be guys and girls be girls on stage. I don't think I liked it, to be frank."
Lythgoe tells them he'd like to see them dance with a woman, "You never know, you might enjoy that, too."
If this wasn't bad enough Lythgoe continues his homophobic and insensitive rant on Twitter further digging a hole for himself.
"The same sex ballroom guys did remind me of "Blades of Glory". However, I'm not a fan of 'Brokeback' Ballroom.
It's going to be very interesting to see how Lythgoe is going to fix this PR nightmare that he's created for himself. Not to mention the thousands of gay and lesbian dancers who watch this show or have been featured in seasons past. It's quite ironic that Lythgoe didn't take into account the fact the dance industry is built on the backs of LGBT people, specifically gay men. I know from over ten years experience as a professional dancer. If gay men were taken out of the equation he wouldn't a have show and that's a fact.
Get into the moment that started the controversy in the videos below.