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Alfons Haider, The Real Life Bruno, Will Twirl With a Man On Austria’s Dancing Stars

Alfons Haider, the gay Austrian actor and television reporter widely believed to be the basis for Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno character (that’s him in the pink in the video above), will appear on his country’s Dancing Stars competition … with a dude. Haider, who actually hosted the first three seasons of the show, will follow Israel’s Gili Shem Tov in dancing on-air with a same-sex partner. And like Shem Tov, he’s selected a breeder, Balázs Ekker, who’s appeared on all five seasons, as his dance mate. “I am going to dance with a heterosexual,” says the 33-year-old. “This is not about being gay. I do not want my appearance on the show to be reduced to homosexuality. This is about the show, about entertainment. I am not the gay Joan of Arc.” Now quick, somebody criticize his comment about how there’s no such thing as “reducing” something to its gayness!

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    • j

      He just wants to be judged by his standing as a competitor and not as a gay liberator or something. Is that a good thing? I dunno, it’s entirely human though.

      Jan 14, 2011 at 3:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran

      He doesn’t want his dancing with another man on the show “reduced to homosexuality”. What does he mean by that? He won’t wear a pink dress during the competition?

      Jan 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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