It's not the fact that it took the show 5 seasons to have the first two guy couple audition.
What I hate isn't that the two guys fell during their routine.
Or that one of them had to make a point to assure us viewers that he's straight.
It's not even that Misha and Mitchel were all puffed up about how "masculine" their dance was going to be (as they had double the masculine energy) while they stood there with their flowing hip scarves and plunging necklines.
What I hate is how UNCOMFORTABLE a romantic same-gender dance made the judges.
Check it out:
Oh, and that line of Nigel Lythgoe's
WHO does Nigel think is watching his show??? It made him uncomfortable, and the only cover he could come up with for his own homophobia was to try to put it off on saying 'oh, America's not ready for this...'
"I think you probably alienate a lot of our audience."
And he continued...
"I'm certainly one of those people who like to see guys be guys and girls be girls on stage. I don't think I liked it. To be frank."Oh, it made him (and all the judges) squirm!
And then, that final line of Nigel's:
"You know what, I'd like to see you both dance with a girl."
And then the other two judges agreed!!!
When they saw them dance with women (in the choreography section) shockingly enough, neither Misha or Mitchel got to go to Vegas.
While the judges were polite on the surface, their VAST discomfort with the whole notion of two men being romantic with each other SCREAMED out. Nigel even had to cover his eyes at one point during the audition! He couldn't even look.
How do you spell homophobic?
I don't know if I can watch the show again. Someone let me know if a gay dancer makes it into the top 20, okay?