Bil Browning

Dancing with the Stars: Interracial & gay marriage waltz

Filed By Bil Browning | April 06, 2010 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Marriage Equality
Tags: Dancing With The Stars, gay marriage, interracial marriage, LGBT rights, Louis van Amstel, marriage equality, Niecy Nash, same-sex marriage

We never watch Dancing With the Stars (I know, a reality show I don't watch! *gasp!*), but apparently last night's episode was memorable for one beautiful waltz. Actress Niecy Nash and her partner, Louis van Amstel, performed a number based on an interracial couple who falls in love in the 1960s.

Nash gets teary-eyed as the couple talks during rehearsals about what it must have been like not to be able to marry the person you loved and van Amstel reminds her that we need her voice speaking up for marriage equality today.

"We've come a long way, but you gotta help me fight my battle too." Indeed.


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A nice addition to the cultural conversation.

24 million people were watching last night. By comparison, less than 1 million people watched Rachel Maddow's interview of Dan Choi after his handcuff stunt.

We will succeed when people want to join us AND speak up for us. Niecy spoke up after Louis asked for her help. He didn't DEMAND, he asked.

We must go from protected minority, to strong majority - a majority of people standing for our full equality.

AS IF only Maddow covered the civil disobedience at the White Wash House. But thanks for letting us know that Nielsen Ratings are the ultimate arbiter of our equality.

What you slur as “Dan Choi’s ‘stunt’,” the majority of the community, and many nongays, INCLUDING lead sponsor of the House DADT repeal bill, Cong. Patrick Murphy, saw as an heroic act.
But then some people are only capable of handcuffing themselves to armchairs from which they safely rant on La Net.

Out of the blogs and into the streets!

Heroic? One night in jail? It was a stunt - the very same stunt David Mixner did 16 years ago. Neither one accomplished anything.

Your strategy of "demanding" doesn't help us, Michael. If you have some evidence that it does, please share.

Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | April 6, 2010 9:30 PM

One night YOU'LL never sacrifice, Andrew Whatever Your Real Name Is.

You know very well, I, as well as others, across myriad sites, have given you multiple historical examples, involving mulitple rights movements, that disprove your assertions. You simply deny the facts, or keep altering the parameters of the question.

Thanks, but no thanks. I don't treat echolalia.

A lovely, lovely piece of work -- and if I can be absurdly shallow for a moment, he looks so very, very good in that tux...

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | April 7, 2010 5:07 AM

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What could have been a rich, complex, and touching segment lost all of its subtlety when he made it about "marriage".

Especially when Niecy used the word "boyfriend", it almost seems like Louis was insinuating her love wasn't as "real" as it could be when he conflates the battle to win exclusively with marriage.

He made it about marriage? When she mentioned marriage, she said "I can't imagine being told I couldn't marry by boyfriend." ??

Dancing! Jazz hands!

It's already gay. I plant the rainbow flag on the concept of shaking your groove thing.