Some may know the stylish yet intelligent persona that is Cj De Mooi from the BBC2 quiz show ‘Eggheads’, readers may also recognise him from this year’s marathon run and his performances in family theatre ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.
Recently De Mooi announced in a public interview that he was considered for the 2015 show of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, however he commented that he was replaced by fellow Egghead star, Jeremy Vine due to asking the show’s bosses for a same-sex partnering.
Cj also commented the BBC had expressed to him that they were declining his invitation. A BBC spokesperson recently made the statement that “Strictly Come Dancing is a family show and we’ve chosen the traditional format of mixed-sex couples.” De Mooi went on to comment that “Hopefully me speaking out will knock them into the 21st century.”
The comment may suggest that Cj thinks the BBC or Strictly itself may far from moved forward with the current progression within Britain, for example the recent legalisation of same-sex marriage. This may make the BBC consider how they reflect the new movements within their shows.
The interview has gone directly to the spinal cords of many homosexual campaigners whom feel that the BBC may be challenged by representing all sexualities equally. It may inspire change within the media due to campaigners feeling very passionate about the situation. Some have voiced their thoughts on the possibility that the BBC appear to think of homosexuals as un-family friendly, giving many food for thought as they consider what they deem as family values.
From this there might have been a rise in social networking campaigns and petitions to increase awareness of the situation and encourage a new movement for the broadcasting service. By acknowledging the condition of the media as it stands, it may highlight the situation with other media outlets. This might inspire different kinds of people from different backgrounds, to create an overhaul of the media with the intention of what might be considered as fair representation.
Cj De Mooi himself may have gained a vast following of new fans that have assisted him with his difference of opinion to the BBC bosses. Some have commented upon his bravery to speak out about the matter, gaining him a newly initiated respect and status amongst homosexual speakers. The high volume of circulation from the interview may have encouraged the BBC and other media outlets to rethink their initial views on homosexual portrayal.
A regular professional dancer on the show, James Jordan, when asked about the matter commented that same-sex couples competing might be a “joke”, how he wanted this to be perceived is unknown and is up to the public to make their own judgement. By doing this, he may have given people an opposing aspect to consider, allowing the public to come to their own conclusion.
However regular judge and publicly outspoken homosexual, Craig Revel Horwood, had previously mentioned that same-sex coupling might be on the cards for ‘Strictly’ in the future.
It might appear that different esteemed members of the ‘Strictly’ team tend to have opposing opinions which make it challenging to ascertain the truth in the shows future. However, it may give people from different communities hope for the future. Regardless, this new intelligence so close to the start of this year’s show may affect the viewer ratings. The added publicity may encourage people to watch the show to decide for themselves how they think the show needs to move forward.
The response to the events might be seen as socially productive, helping people from different social standings to communicate effectively about homosexual representation in ‘Strictly’, a show among some, that similar circumstances have occurred in the past. This situation might aim for a movement in how the BBC thinks. Inspiring conversation on the matter might be considered beneficial to all points of view.
To find out more about CJ De Mooi, visit his website here: www.demooi.co.uk
Alternatively find his twitter page here: https://twitter.com/cjdemooi
How might ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ and other shows bring awareness to homosexuality in a productive manner?