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This Politician Doesn't Want Gays on TV Before 9PM

This Politician Doesn't Want Gays on TV Before 9PM

This Politician Doesn't Want Gays on TV Before 9PM

Nick at Nite, but it’s a gay guy named Nick.

Northern Ireland Democratic Unionist Party member Jim Wells said during a recent interview on Good Morning Britain that he doesn't believe gay people should on TV before 9pm. So like, Nick at Nite, but it's just a gay guy named Nick.

Wells was discussing Strictly Come Dancing, the British equivalent of Dancing with the Stars, and whether the show will ever feature a same-sex couple.

Wells was not impressed with the idea, to say the least. "It's family viewing," he said. "You've had a busy week, you sit down with the family and you watch pure entertainment. The last thing you want is to be challenged or to be asked deep intellectual questions."

Yes, this definitely seems like the person who'd be uncomfortable with deep, intellectual questions.

According to the Northern Irish politician, the notion of two men dancing together would be "challenging" for the U.K.'s youth, who have probably never even heard of gay people or dancing. "They'll be asking why are the two men or the two women dancing," he explained. "They want to be entertained. They don't want to be challenged."

His proposed time slot for queer programming? 9pm.

In an interview with the Belfast Telegraph, Wells revealed that he doesn't own a TV but watches Strictly Come Dancing at dinner parties with friends -- deeply heterosexual -- and that was once "wonderful family viewing." This experience is being corrupted.

"Now we've decided to introduce same-sex partners as demanded by the LGBT community," he said. "This goes out at 7:30 p.m. on a Saturday evening when families want to sit down and watch something that won't be challenging, won't ask any awkward questions, won't be embarrassing. It's going to ruin it for family viewing."

"Once you get past the watershed, there's plenty of programmes that cater for the demands of the LGBT community," Wells continued. "Why are we damaging what has been seen as sacrosanct?"

So apparently he's heard about RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. -- which premieres October 3 ... at 8pm.

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