BBC rejects Strictly complaints over 'projection of homosexuality' after Nicola and Katya's first ever same-sex pairing
THE BBC has rejected complaints made about Strictly Come Dancing's first same sex pairing and the "blatant projection of homosexuality".
The BBC said viewer complaints made about former professional Nicola Adams, 38, and professional dancer Katya Jones, 31, have not been upheld.
The Mirror reports the broadcaster has stood by the decision to assign the pair together after they faced backlash.
The complaints were made over the alleged 'blatant projection of homosexuality' in the December 19th final according to BBC's Executive Complaints Unit (ECU).
While they didn't confirm the number of complaints a BBC spokesman said they were not upheld.
It comes after The Sun revealed more than 100 viewers complained about boxer Nicola and Katya – who were forced to withdraw after the Russian pro tested positive for Covid – before the series even started in September.
Judge Craig Revel Horwood, 55, called the complaints ridiculous at the time, adding of the pairing: "It’s about time and I think it’s absolutely brilliant, I really do."
The BBC responded by saying they were "proud" of its same-sex performances, adding: "The show is first and foremost about dance, the sex of each partner within a pairing should have no bearing on their routine."
Nicola and Katya were later forced off the show after the pro dancer tested positive for coronavirus.
They returned for one last performance in the BBC dance hit's final after testing negative.
The pair became the first couple in Strictly history to be forced out of the competition due to illness.
Nonetheless, boxer Nicola and pro dancer Katya have a place in the show's record books as the first same-sex couple in its 16-year run.
Strictly's first ever same-sex dance between Johannes, 33, and Graziano Di Prima, 26, during the 2019 series registered a total of 300 complaints, which were not upheld by the BBC.
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