Words: Steve Brown
Just 16 people complained about Dancing on Ice’s history making same-sex dance routine.
Over the weekend, Steps star Ian ‘H’ Watkins and Matt Evers made history as the first ever same-sex dance couple on the ITV show, just weeks after Strictly Come Dancing's first full-length same-sex dance between two professional dancers prompted just under 200 complaints to Ofcom.
Ian and Matt's was widely praised by fans and judges – leaving John Barrowman in floods of tears.
When speaking to the couple, Barrowman – who is married to Scott Gill – said: "Seeing two men who represent me has affected me on so many levels.
“I’m overwhelmed. I’m almost speechless. It’s wonderful."
Following the history making dance, H took to Twitter to thank everyone for ‘messages of love and support’.
He wrote: “WE DID IT!!!!!!! THANKYOU EVERYONE for your messages of love and support!
“I’m totally gobsmacked! But tonights skate was bigger than Matt & I... it was a message of equality and inclusion! Let it resound across the world!”
WE DID IT!!!!!!! THANKYOU EVERYONE for your messages of love and support! I’m totally gobsmacked! But tonights skate was bigger than Matt & I... it was a message of equality and inclusion! Let it resound across the world! #DancingOnIce #DOI2020 #TeamHandMatt 👬⛸🌈 pic.twitter.com/u6RrwGQ7YE— Ian H Watkins (@Ianhwatkins) January 5, 2020
But of course, a tiny minority of homophobes complained about the same-sex dance because, obviously, two men cannot possibly dance together.
And now the Metro reports that only 16 viewers complained to Ofcom about the dance with the broadcasting regulator saying: “The selection and pairing of contestants is an editorial matter for ITV.
“Our rules do not discriminate between opposite-sex and same-sex couples.”
Check out the amazing dance below: