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'So You Think You Can Dance' judge Nigel Lythgoe apologizes for 'Brokeback Ballroom' comments

So You Think You Can Dance judge Nigel Lythgoe has had to do the Twitter two-step, apologizing for seemingly homophobic remarks he made after last week's show when the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation got on his case.

Tbd-nigellythgoe052609 On Thursday's Denver auditions for the show's season premiere, Lythgoe compared Misha Belfer (who is gay) and Mitchel Kibel (straight)  and their performance "a bit like watching ... Blades of Glory," that Will Ferrell flick about two male figure skating partners.

"I think you probably alienate a lot of our audience," Lythgoe said on the show. "I mean, we've always had the guys dance together on the show, but they've never really done it in each other's arms before."

If that wasn't enough, Nigel then tweeted, "I'm not a fan of 'Brokeback Ballroom," which didn't make GLAAD all that happy.

"It's unacceptable for this kind of blatant homophobia to occur" GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano said in a statement, according to TV Guide. "Fox Entertainment and Nigel Lythgoe owe Misha, Mitchel and the whole LGBT community an apology." Nigel has since complied.

"I wholeheartedly apologize for my 'Brokeback Ballroom' tweet," Lythgoe said. "It was insensitive, arrogant and stupid. I have upset a number of dear friends."

Even Fox and the producers of So You Think You Can Dance got in the act, releasing their own statement: "The judges critique auditioners and contestants on their overall performance, stage presence, technique and a wide range of characteristics. ... We apologize if any viewers were offended by their remarks."

Don't worry, Nigel offended us long before any of this happened.

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:37am]


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