BBC receives nearly 200 complaints for Strictly Come Dancing same-sex dance

Graziano Di Prima (left) and Johannes Radebe dancing on Strictly Come Dancing.
Graziano Di Prima (left) and Johannes Radebe dancing on Strictly Come Dancing. Photo credit: BBC

The first same-sex couple dance on the United Kingdom's Strictly Come Dancing has sparked nearly 200 complaints to the BBC.

Professional dancers Graziano Di Prima and Johannes Radebe performed a barefoot routine together during the November 3 show.

In the BBC's latest complaints round-up, they said 189 people had got in touch to say it was "offensive to feature two men dancing as a pair".

They said Strictly is an inclusive show and they were "proud" to have the dance between Di Prima and Radebe.

"They are dancers first and foremost, and their sex had no bearing on their routine," the BBC said in a statement.

After the dance, Di Prima tweeted "representation always matters" and it was an "unforgettable moment".

Former Strictly winner Joe McFadden congratulated the show for the move and said "the world didn't end" after the two men danced together.

Radebe, who is gay, told Hello! Magazine it was the first time in his life he felt accepted for who he was.

"To be able to dance with a friend I respect and adore is joyous. There's bromance galore between us, but there were no male and female roles, just free movement. It was beautiful, classy and elegant," he said.

The show, currently in its 17th series, has never featured a same-sex pairing between a celebrity and a professional dancer.