The present made historical past tonight because it formally kicked off the 2020 competitors. For the very first time ever, a same-sex couple competed on a UK dance competitors broadcast on nationwide tv. Dancing On Ice managed to trump Strictly Come Dancing, which solely confirmed two male professional dancers collectively in a highly-publicised routine. New Dancing On Ice decide John Barrowman has no time for anybody who says it is not proper, it should not be allowed or just is not the best way dancing must be accomplished. He informed Express Online EXACTLY what he thinks.
John informed me: “If you do not need to see two man dancing, it’s easy, change the f***ing channel. You know what? This represents our society. If I used to be at dwelling watching, that’s representing me.
“I like being a homosexual man as a result of it taught me to reside really as myself.
“If you’re one of many individuals saying you don’t prefer it, it shouldn’t be on TV otherwise you merely change the channel, effectively, then, you’re homophobic.”
Barrowman has been together with his accomplice Scott for 26 years they usually married in 2013.
What in regards to the argument that two males collectively doesn’t match the aesthetic of dance, which is ‘meant’ to be between a female and male physique?
“My reply to that’s, ‘Is operating just for individuals with two legs?’
“People race in wheelchairs or with lacking limbs. They do it otherwise and it’s superb to observe. We have a Paralympian on this season, additionally. (Libby Clegg who’s registered blind).
“All those arguments that say, ‘It is not the right way”? I get really passionate about this and I have one answer, ‘You can f*** right off.'”
“I’d get in bother with ITV for saying it like that, however I do know they’ll again me up on it.”
He pauses and checks to go searching at his group with an enormous guffaw. “Hang on, have I signed the contract but?
“You know what? To make changes, you have to upset people. I’ve lived my life openly and almost my entire career. My attitude is if you don’t like me, don’t watch, don’t get involved. I don’t need you. I don’t need to change.”
British gentle leisure has a historical past ‘coded’ homosexual entertainers. Fun, camp and non-threatening. A naughty nod and wink however nothing too actual, nothing to make you’re feeling uncomfortable over your cocoa and custard lotions.
Barrowman has at all times been far more overt and sexualised.
“You know what? We all shag, get over it. You don’t need to explain to your kids what the male and female presenter or dancing couple might do in a bedroom, so why does it need to be brought into it if a gay man is on television. It’s got nothing to do with it.”
He can also be assured the Great British Public is much extra tolerant and accepting that they’re given credit score for.
There has at all times been a consensus that the English heartland doesn’t need to see “that kind of thing” on TV, rubbed of their faces.
I level out that the cheering, hysterically completely satisfied and celebratory crowds I’ve seen at his concert events weren’t ‘woke’ liberal activists. They had been Britain nice and small, in all her glory.
John says: “People are extra accepting and in tune with the true world than they’re given credit score for and I like them.”
DANCING ON ICE IS ON ITV
JOHN BARROWMAN’S NEW ALBUM ‘A FABULOUS CHRISTMAS’ IS OUT NOW