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Dancing With The Gay Stars

Updated on August 28, 2008

Okay now I have officially heard it all. Apparently some of my comrades in gayness are flying into a fit at the fact that Lance Bass is going to be on Dancing With The Stars but will have (take a deep breath and clutch your pearls boys) a female partner! ARGHHHHHH!!! I can't take it! (Yes, meant to sound like a Peanuts character) Come on gays, lighten up. The show isn't Dancing With The Gay Stars - Don't Get Me Started!

Although Bass' camp is saying that he is just fine with being heterosexually partnered for the show and a producer for the show made a statement that the show isn't a dating show (even though it's turned out that way on occasion) still some of my pals with the pink arm bands on are claiming that fear of advertising backlash is what paired Bass with a girl.

I'll admit that I have a soap box that I practically carry around with me at all times as I'm always ranting about something (thus the "Don't Get Me Started" title of my blog) but I just think this is ridiculous. If they really want something to be upset about they should be upset about the fact that Dancing With The Stars (and other highly rated network shows) is known for preferring to cast heterosexual men as the "professional dancers" on the show. This came out a couple of seasons ago. Why you may ask? No one is saying for sure but I would think it's because the show thrives on having the straight jocks on the show and they would be less inclined to be on the show if they thought their competitors were busy looking at their ass. Plus let's face it, one of the ideas behind the show was to show that not all dancers are swishy fellows with sequins (well, they've accomplished part of that goal). But allow me to remind Dancing With The Stars (and other show producers) of the quote Mel Brooks says in the movie, To Be Or Not To Be, "Without Jews, Gypsies and Faggots there would be no theatre!" Such also is the case with these shows. They may not want to show us but we're in point, Bruno.

I guess what gets me is all the defensiveness. I don't care that Lance Bass is dancing with a girl, frankly it'll give me a few minutes to not think of him as on my team. I'm so bored with Lance Bass gay mania that I could puke. He didn't discover the gene that makes us gay, he didn't even lead the charge on gay marriage so why we should be clinging to him (like the pants of a male ballroom dancer) as our best chance to get gay across to middle America is simply beyond me. I don't have anything against the guy but come on, he's just a guy who was in a boy band and admitted that he sucks dick. End of story. Sorry Lance, just don't see you as the Great White Gay Hope!

And let's be honest, I think if the gays who are so offended took a moment to be sensible they would see that it doesn't make sense to have Lance dance with another guy. Who would wear the dress? What would the costumers do? And honestly, you can quick step or waltz all you want around this issue to me it's just a bunch of jive. Dancing With The Gay Stars - Don't Get Me Started!

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      Chef Jeff 9 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      Ha, ha! Still laughing about the "Gay Cowboy" image! Wasn't Zorro orginally called "The Gay Blade" and sometimes the "Gay Caballero"?

      I never saw Brokeback Mountain, although the hype about it made it somewhat controversial. My wife's family is Spain saw it and said it was a pretty good movie, but they are more used to all kinds of lifestyles over there, believe it or not!

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      somelikeitscott 9 years ago from Las Vegas

      Chef Jeff, As always your comments are thoughtful and insightful. But I couldn't help but chuckle a bit at the whole, "some of us grow up to be..." I thought of when people used to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wish I had said, "A GAY MAN" while everyone else wanted to be a cowboy, ah hindsight...(and actually if you think about Village People and Brokeback Mountain, the cowboy answer is a bit dicey is hindsight...I've always prided myself on having a nice hind!) Thanks again, Chef Jeff!

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      Chef Jeff 9 years ago from Universe, Milky Way, Outer Arm, Sol, Earth, Western Hemisphere, North America, Illinois, Chicago.

      My friend Chris Anderson, who is gay, and as you know already, I am not, brought me to a club in Chicago (David's Place) with singers, comedians and dancers who were all gay.  Female impressionists, (some quite good!) headlined the evening and it was wonderfully entertaining, comedic at times, serious at times, but always entertaining.

      Since several of my earliest friends in life eventaully came out of their closets when I was in high school, I was in my earliest years exposed to people whose sexual orientation is different than my own.  I saw it as an act of betrayal when some of my other straight friends began to bad mouth and try to harm my (and their former) gay friends.  After all, we all grew up together, and we were still the same people we had always been, but I guess they were somehow threatened by the revelation that two of our group had "turned gay."

      My friends who were gay remained my friends to this very day, and since then I have had other friends, gay and straight, all of whom have come to see the world as I have.

      Some of my staunchest "anti-gay" friends have had to come to terms with their own brothers, sisters, cousins, even parents "turning gay',  I try to tell them it's not a matter of choice, and to believe that people turn gay is really to miss the point.  Just as some of us grow up to be firemen, doctors and plumbers, some of us realize that we are either straight or gay.  It's nothing to be ashamed of either way, and it's not really all that big of a deal.  Friendships can be made across gender and sexual orientation lines just as easily as they can be across ethinic and racial lines.

      We are all, after all, human beings, with the capacity to love each other as friends, familiy and special partners, be they male, female or same sex.

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      Clive Fagan 9 years ago from South Africa

      Just watch those dancing tights carefully! who knows what may come up belying the truth as we know it!