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Watch: Gay Break-Up on 'So You Think you Can Dance'

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Actually, they're really just very expressive friends.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...


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The intro to the dance is here:

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  1. hot!

    Posted by: Ryan | Aug 5, 2010 12:02:43 PM


  2. I was shocked...SHOCKED!...to find out that Kent is straight.

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 5, 2010 12:12:43 PM


  3. Wow, that was beautiful!

    Posted by: dk | Aug 5, 2010 12:15:20 PM


  4. So you think we care?

    Posted by: MarkDC | Aug 5, 2010 12:20:41 PM


  5. Absolutely breathtaking.... LOl "best friends" my ass!

    Posted by: androjai | Aug 5, 2010 12:26:06 PM


  6. Who says Kent is straight??

    Posted by: Anon | Aug 5, 2010 12:28:40 PM


  7. Yeah... we were all straight at 18

    Posted by: stevo | Aug 5, 2010 12:31:32 PM


  8. Neil and Travis make me nuts...honest to god...

    Posted by: yeahisaidit | Aug 5, 2010 12:32:32 PM


  9. I thought this was great, but it's a shame (and so 1950s) that they had to present it as 'friends having an argument'. The 'all star' format has provided great opportunity for some same-sex partnering, but this is the first time we've seen that idea taken to its natural conclusion. Nigel Lythgoe's questioning of choreographer Travis Wall was gratuitously awkward, though, and typical of Lythgoe's blundering heterocentrism. Clearly this is a personal piece for Wall.

    Posted by: Andrew W | Aug 5, 2010 12:37:19 PM


  10. "Clearly this is a personal piece for Wall."

    That he decided to present to the millions of people watching. And while I totally agree with you in general about Lythgoe's "blundering heterocentrism," to his credit he didn't badger Travis for more information.

    Also note that Travis is the choreographer. He had all the right to say what the piece was "really about" but HE chose not to. And yes, he is an openly gay dancer.

    In any case, this was a beautiful number whether it was between "friends" or "lovers." I don't think it really loses its power and beauty either way.

    Posted by: jay1980 | Aug 5, 2010 12:44:38 PM


  11. Jay: Art should be personal, but the artist is not obliged to provide liner notes. The piece is an expression that, by its nature, is intended for public consumption. It's not an invitation for the audience to go digging through the artist's dustbins.

    Posted by: Andrew W | Aug 5, 2010 12:48:03 PM


  12. Kent is a Christian, hence he's "straight."

    Posted by: rob | Aug 5, 2010 1:07:14 PM


  13. @Jay - you say he chose not to, but it's hard to say how Fox decided to edit the show, or what ultimatums he was given about discussing the nature of the dance.

    Posted by: DSig80 | Aug 5, 2010 1:15:37 PM


  14. Beautiful.

    Posted by: tooboot | Aug 5, 2010 1:24:00 PM


  15. Clearly the protests against Nigel's "I don't want to see any Brokeback Ballroon" comments a couple of years back seem to have worked to a degree. You'd never know from watching his playing along with Adam Shankman's joking marriage proposal that he is the still rabid homophobe in charge of everything.

    The TRUTH was evidenced last night by the recurring "OMG! He's going to explode any minute and say something awful" look on [pig] Tyce's face sitting next to him.

    But, as the great Bayard Rustin pointed out, our goal is NOT to get them to love us but simply change their behavior. Yet, ENOUGH with Cat's obviously having been directed to wrap each male dancer in an unctuous verbal cocoon of assumed heterosexuality week after week.

    One can still enjoy the beauty of the male-male choreography and its performance, and hope that someday the show is as honest as Adam is who got away with celebrating gay marriage equality before millions of straights last night. Imagine the out gay lovers routine that Travis or Mia could create!

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Aug 5, 2010 1:32:08 PM


  16. i thought it was hilarious how cat said "i think maybe the foot in the face was a little much" (it's cut off in the video).

    anyway yeah it clearly wasn't about friends from travis's point of view. interesting that they packaged it like that (as friends) in the broadcast. Complicity in asserting that same sex relations are inferior / shameful / the love that dare not speak its name..

    Posted by: me | Aug 5, 2010 1:33:04 PM


  17. Straight? Straight to my room!

    Posted by: Kevin | Aug 5, 2010 1:42:37 PM


  18. as much as it sucks that the dancers can't be completely open about their personal lives, you have to take a look at the target audience; it's still teen aged girls and the producers think that the girls can't handle objects of their fantasies possibly being gay

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Aug 5, 2010 1:46:03 PM


  19. What does it matter what they called it. Would a rose by any other name? It was the truest expression of the joy and pain of young gay love in this time expressed through dance that I have ever seen. Hats off to Travis, Kent and Neil. No matter what their sexual orientation is, they all gave it the lyrical joy/pain that made it come alive for millions of people, gay and straight.

    Posted by: pete | Aug 5, 2010 1:49:34 PM


  20. If you've been watching the show, there's a lot of more behind that Nigel/Travis conversation.

    First, Travis is a former contestant, and he either won or came in the top few of his season. He's since been promoted to a choreographer, and he's quite a good one. Several weeks back, though, Nigel just ripped Travis a new one for choreographing a jazz number that didn't have enough jazz in it for Nigel's taste. And he went on and on and on about it. And on.

    For the judges to critique the choreographers on this show isn't unheard of, but it's almost universally praise for the other choreographer, or else they don't say too much and instead focus on the dancers themselves (as they should). Nigel's critique of Travis probably was legitimate, but it felt brutal considering Travis isn't the one competing. And Nigel's brought it up time and again (even sarcastically over-praising other choreographers for including jazz in their jazz routines).

    So I'm pretty sure this was as much about that event -- Nigel stabbing Travis in the back, hence Nigel directly asking, "I assume someone's stabbed you in the back?" when he likely knew the piece was about him. Mia getting her little dig in, "I certainly know what it's like to be stabbed in the back," makes sense in that respect, too, as Nigel seemingly stabbed her in the back last season with the decision to make Adam a permanent judge.

    Still, it was hard denying it was a very gay break-up dance. So it makes me wonder if it was also a dig from Travis at Nigel for all his comments about men dancing with men. Still, I have little doubt Travis won't be there next season, especially given how Adam's comment of "looking forward to seeing what you do with your career," sounded as if Adam was admitting that this beautiful little act of rebellion probably cost Travis his place among the choreographers.


    Also, FYI -- at the opening of the show, Adam made an announcement about the Prop 8 ruling, then asked Nigel to marry him. Given Nigel's history of vaguely homophobic remarks, I thought that was quite interesting.

    Posted by: dave | Aug 5, 2010 1:51:53 PM


  21. Very beautiful. Gay or straight, they put lots of emotions into it. Thanks for posting.
    @MarkDC, I care, it isn't much but it is sth.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Aug 5, 2010 1:51:53 PM


  22. Okay, hot yes, but the choreography really was too athletic and on the nose for a subject that should express at least an ounce of the introspective. Just because it's gay doesn't make it exceptional.

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 5, 2010 2:30:33 PM


  23. Impressive! Powerful! Loved it! Thanks!

    Posted by: Fred | Aug 5, 2010 2:41:28 PM


  24. Meh. Given the number of openly gay choreographers on last night's show (Nigel kisses Desmond's and Dwight's asses, in case no one noticed...) I'm willing to cut a lot of slack.

    Posted by: Jerry | Aug 5, 2010 3:36:49 PM


  25. I have no doubt that Kent is gay, especially considering I was exactly like him at his age. I also grew up in a tiny rural town where everyone knew me and I had to hide my sexuality. As a way to focus my gay energies, I also turned to the performing arts. Also, considering the size of his family, he probably comes from a very religious family where coming out is not an option at this time.

    Kent, Billy and Robert are all clearly gay to me and I felt that, despite their clear superiority over other contestants like Jose and Adechike, it's their "queeny" personalities that have sent Billy and Robert to the Bottom 3 week after week. Kent has a similar personality, but his youth and looks are what keep the tween girls voting for him. He is incredibly talented and will probably win, but I personally think Robert is the best dancer this year.

    Posted by: Keith | Aug 5, 2010 4:54:04 PM


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