Northumberland Gazette readers' thumbs up to same sex couples on Strictly Come Dancing

Northumberland Gazette readers have given a thumbs-up to the idea of same sex couples competing on Strictly Come Dancing.

Sunday, 1st September 2019, 4:14 pm
Updated Sunday, 1st September 2019, 8:31 pm
Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice on last year's Strictly Come Dancing
Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice on last year's Strictly Come Dancing

The hugely popular show returns next weekend – with North East comic Chris Ramsey among those competing – and BBC bosses have confirmed they are open to having same sex couples next year.

We asked readers what they thought – and 53 per cent of voters in our Facebook poll said they backed the plan. Opinions from people commenting below were divided, with many saying they could not understand the problem with the plan

Hayley Turner said: “I hate the fact that in this day and age there even has to be a poll about this - if a same sex couple works artistically then great, if not then don’t pair them.

“I understand why from a LGBT+ friend point of view we need as a society to push boundaries such as these, but it saddens me that it should have to happen rather than be an accepted.”

Lynne Crosby wrote: “You ought to have a third option - ' Dont care.’ This is 2019 and it shouldn’t even be up for discussion.”

Ali Dunn agreed: “Why isn’t there a “I don’t care button”? I don’t care who dances with whom just dance!” while Garry Allan said: “ It's the media that make this an issue, no one’s bothered.”

Peter Foote, however, WAS bothered: “Absolutely not. Is nothing sacred? Poor Brucey would be turning in his grave!”, he said, while Bill Hardy wrote: “What is it with the BBC?“It has pushed the gender boundaries for years, must be something in the water down there.”