A former lawmaker known for anti-LGBTQ voting record is under fire once again, unsurprisingly, for saying people don’t want to watch a same-gender couple dance on television.
BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing series 18 debut earlier this week featured the programme’s first ever same-gender couple, with Olympic champion boxer Nicola Adams paired with dancer Katya Jones.
I don’t think it is what viewers of Strictly, especially families, are looking for. But that’s up to the audience and the programme.
This was met with a flurry of backlash, with people called the comments "harmful", "repulsive" and old-fashioned.
“If you’ve got a problem with Nicola Adams dancing with a woman on Strictly then it’s just that - *you’ve* got a problem and that problem is called homophobia,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Erm.....no Ann Widdecombe!! ‘Families’ do want to so don’t you dare try & generalise your disgraceful homophobic views onto the rest of us. Our family can’t wait see watch @bbcstrictly this year. Our kids were so excited to see @NicolaAdamsOBE & @Mrs_katjones paired,” another said.
This is certainly not the first time Widdecombe has been accused of homophobia, making people wonder why she had been given a platform in the first place.
“We shouldn’t expect any less from this proven homophobe. And the likes of Strictly and Channel 4 are partly to blame for legitimising her views by giving her platforms as some ‘national treasure’,” Declan Cashin tweeted.
“It's weird because i have literally never looked for ann widdecombe's opinion about anything and yet here she is,” Mollie Goodfellow added.
Clearly the country is not in agreement with the right-wing politician, as Saturday's episode marked the show’s highest ratings in three years after nine million viewers tuned in to watch the couple.
Thank goodness for that.