BBC branded “sexist� in Strictly backlash

July 13, 2009 by  
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Angry Strictly Come Dancing fans have blasted the “sexist� BBC following the recent axing of panel expert Arlene Phillips.

300 messages have been left on the Points Of View forum since the 2007 Strictly winner and Mis-teeq alumnus Alesha Dixon was officially announced on Thursday as the choreographer’s replacement on the panel.

The fan wrote: “The decision to replace Arlene is OK – but choosing Alesha is ridiculous. It’s an attempt to chase X Factor ratings.

“If anyone doesn’t think this is sexist ask yourself, ‘Would the BBC have replaced Bruce with Gethin Jones or replaced Len with Peter Andre?’ Of course not.”

Many fans expressed anger that Phillips, who has been on the judging panel since the show’s debut in 2004, had been replaced by a younger, less qualified person.

Dixon has also angered her own fans, cancelling several dates of her Autumn tour to appear on Strictly.

The new series will air in September.

Sheila Peake says:

Hi, Once again, the same old formula – older men, young women. Why not replace Len (who I do like and you talks a lot of sense) with some straight beefcake. If he knows something about dancing all the better.