Ann Widdecombe under fire over ‘homophobic’ rant on Strictly’s same-sex pairing

Ann Widdecombe has been slammed on social media after she spoke out against the first same-sex pairing on Strictly Come Dancing.

Some social media users have said her comments are "homophobic" after she deemed the historic move to be against viewers wishes.

Ann, 73, who competed in the 2010 season of Strictly before being booted off the show during week 10 has spoken out after Olympian Nicola Adams was partnered with Katya Jones.

Speaking to The Sunday Times, the outspoken Brexit Party member said: "I don't think it is what viewers of Strictly, especially families, are looking for.

"But that's up to the audience and the programme."

After hearing her comments, TV critic Scott Bryan took to Twitter and said: "The use of 'families' is *such* a homophobic trope, the view that LGBT visibility is somehow harmful.

"Here what I know is true: If you think LGBT visibility on-screen is 'not what audiences want,' the problem is you, not the LGBT community."

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Another Twitter user added: "Erm…..no Ann Widdecombe!! 'Families' do want to so don't you dare try & generalise your disgraceful homophobic views onto the rest of us. Our family can't wait to see watch @bbcstrictly this year. Our kids were so excited to see @NicolaAdamsOBE & @Mrs_katjones paired."

While a third penned: "My family love watching people dance together, and we don't care about what gender they are #AnnWiddecombe #LoveNotHate."

Ian 'H' Watkins of the band Steps tweeted: "Why not practice love and acceptance Widdecombe? Just because you disagree doesn't = change the fact that the LGBTQ+ community exists. Your archaic views just create more bigots! Fox Trot Off!"

Ann who has previously claimed that "science may find an answer" for the LGBTQ+ community has previously defended "gay conversion therapy".

She also said that the "homosexual lobby" was stopping people who want to "turn straight" from doing so.

Speaking in 2019, she said: "I also pointed out there was a time when we thought it was quite impossible for men to become women and vice versa.

"And the fact we now think it's quite impossible for people to switch sexuality doesn't mean science may not yet produce an answer at some stage."

The politician has also spoken about her opposition to same-sex marriage which was legalised by David Cameron's government in 2014, claiming that "the state must have a preferred model" and "a union that is generally open to procreation."

Daily Star Online has approached Ann Widdecombe for comment.

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