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4 items from 2011

Here is Something We Won't Be Seeing on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" Anytime Soon

21 March 2011 11:22 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

A few months ago we mentioned gay Austrian TV host Alfons Haider's desire to dance with a male partner on that country's version of Dancing with the Stars, and he finally got his wish.

Via Towleroad comes this clip, which showcases Alfons dancing a cha-cha-cha version of "Respect" with his young pro dance partner Vadim Garbuzov.

While technically it's ... not very good (they look like Siegfried and Roy: The Musical), it is a historic moment on TV.

Congrats to the pair, and here's hoping they can get far in the competition.


- snicks

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Morning Meme: Chris Colfer Talks Not Coming Out, James Blunt Comes Out For Fun, and Ryan Gosling is Making "Logan's Run"

11 February 2011 6:00 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Charlies Angels has found Bosley. The modern Bosley was to be ab-endowed, a computer genius, and a rock for the Angels to lean on. The producers think theyve found that in Ramon Rodriguez, best known for a part in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. I had been hoping for a gay Bosley, and I still hold out hope for that.

Charlaine Harris thinks she only has two more Sookie Stackhouse books left in her, bringing the total to twelve. She says she just wants to write something else. Still, thats a ton of material for Alan Ball to mine for infinite seasons on HBO.

If you remember all the Astroturf organizations that ruled the debate on healthcare, elections, socialism and the last two years, get ready for the new frontier: libraries. Many of those same groups are putting up new shell companies to agitate to remove objectionable books from local libraries. »

- Ed Kennedy

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Niki Lauda accused of homophobia after attacking TV dancing show

26 January 2011 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Motor racing legend objects to gay men competing together on prime time programme

Austrian gay groups have demanded an apology from the former racing driver Niki Lauda after he made disparaging remarks about the pairing of a gay male celebrity with a male dancer on Austria's version of Strictly Come Dancing.

Alfons Haider, a 53-year-old TV presenter from Vienna, is set to waltz with another man in the forthcoming series of Dancing Stars on the state-owned Orf channel.

Lauda, the three-times world Formula One champion, told the Austrian daily newspaper Österreich he didn't want to have to explain to his children why two men were dancing together on prime time TV.

"There are some good traditions in our culture, one of which is that men dance with women," he said. "Soon we will reach the stage where we will all have to publicly apologise for being heterosexual."

Lauda, 61, said he »

- Helen Pidd

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AfterElton Briefs: Ben Cohen Does America, Six Reasons Why PETA's Gay, the New "Celebrity Apprentice" Cast, and More!

12 January 2011 3:20 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Happy 25th Birthday to out Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson is asking readers to weigh in about our interview with Disney Channel President Gary Marsh about the exclusion of gay characters on Disney shows. So far, the comments are mostly pro-gay, except for a few "If they include them I'll switch to Nickelodeon," and some person who insists that Miley Cyrus and all of The Jonas Brothers are gay ... oh, and The Jonas Brothers aren't really brothers, and are gay for each other. Austrian television celebrity Alfons Haider (who many believe was the inspiration for Sascha Baron Cohen's Bruno character) will be dancing with a straight male partner on the next season on Austria's Dancing Stars. In ratings news, CBS has renewed Big Bang Theory for three more seasons. Meanwhile, ratings for last night's Southland aren't out yet, but last week's season premiere ratings were on par with last season. »

- snicks

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