On the heels of Clay Aiken apologizing to Adam Lambert, just like we predicted Fox forced So You Think You Can Dance judge (and executive producer) Nigel Lythgoe to apologize for his remarks aimed at the pair of male dancers (one straight, one gay), who he told, “You probably alienate a lot of our audience.” Not just that, but he also apologized for one of his Twitter messages that tried making a joke out of Brokeback Mountain. DAMAGE CONTROL!
Here’s his apology to Misha Belfer and Mitchel Kibel:
I sincerely regret the fact that I have upset people with the poor word choices and comments I made both during the taping of the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ audition and on my personal status update. I am not homophobic and it was extremely upsetting for me to be classed as such.
I have been forthright and consistent with my opinion, as a judge, that professional male dancers should move with strength and agility — like Gene Kelly and Rudolph Nureyev. I now realize how this could be misconstrued.
I have been a dancer, and involved in the dance world, for nearly 50 years. Professionally and personally, I believe the sexual orientation of an auditioner or contestant is irrelevant. All that said, the fact that I have unintentionally upset people is distressing to me and it is obvious I have made mistakes that I must learn from. I trust that my humor will be more sensitive and mindful moving forward.
But don’t forget — after the program aired and sites like Queerty erupted with criticism, Lythgoe took to Twitter to defend his comments. That’s when he tweeted, “The same sex ballroom guys did remind me of “Blades of Glory.” However, I’m not a fan of ‘Brokeback’ Ballroom.” Guess who’s apologizing for that one now?
Via Twitter: “I wholeheartedly apologize for my Brokeback Ballroom Tweet. It was insensitive, ignorant and stupid. I have upset a number of dear friends.”