London Fire Brigade has slammed Strictly Come Dancing after a dance which it claimed reinforces ‘old stereotypes’ about what they do.
This week’s cha-cha for celebrity Caroline Quentin and Johannes Adebe was definitely cheeky, as the South African dancer swept Caro off her feet as a fireman.
But the sight of Johannes as a macho man rescuing Caroline’s damsel in distress – to the soundtrack of Rescue Me – set the London Fire Brigade Twitter account ablaze as it lashed out at the representation of its hardworking heroes.
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After the dance aired on Saturday (November 21), the account tweeted: “Sad to see that in a year where #Strictly2020 has done so much to change attitudes they still throw out old stereotypes about the fire service.
“We’re firefighters not firemen.
“We understand artistic licence but TV shows seldom reflect the modern UK fire service.”
Some agreed with their stance, saying “You beat me to it LFB” and “Also worth considering if the roles had been reversed and it was a guy licking a woman / gyrating on prime time tv would we be ok with that?”
But there were a few commenters who didn’t feel the same way as the firefighters, and were keen to air their irritation.
“And if you hadn’t brought that to everyone’s attention it was just a bit of escapism in a dark world!
“We know firefighters are a diverse and exceptional body of people. Please don’t destroy what little bit of light entertainment people have at the moment!” tweeted one.
“It’s a bit of fun,” said another, while “Snowflake society,” was all one tweeter wanted to add.
The judges obviously didn’t have many criticisms – the couple were awarded eight points from each, giving them a total of 24.