It's like Footloose, except with network television and the whole world watching. Only it may be even more embarrassing since it's also blatant discrimination if it's true.
TMZ reports that openly gay artist Who Is Fancy and his team suggested that during his performance on the show on Nov. 23, they choreograph something for two men. His new song "Boys Like You," featuring Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor, is all about a man falling in love with another man.
Who Is Fancy's choreographer apparently thought it would "be an awesome look to have 2 males dancing with each other."
But ABC thought it would be not so awesome.
The network responded with a flat-out no.
TMZ pointed out that "near dancing" on the show is acceptable, as in a performance this week on the show between Alek and Carlos. But something more intimate, like a ballroom dance, was not deemed acceptable.
Not surprisingly, the backlash to this news has been quick and fierce.
Another source TMZ describes as "high-level" told the outlet, "Creative conversations are ongoing about the dance number."
Hopefully that's code for: Once we digest all of this backlash, we'll allow Who Is Fancy's choreographer to go for it since we don't want to be seen as discriminatory jerks.
So far, Who Is Fancy, Grande, Trainor and ABC have yet to publicly comment on the situation.
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