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WAWIBF... Celebrity Smut Island

19 May 2006

Right up until the moment they pulled it, the BBC's official line on 'Strictly Come Pole Dancing' was that it was 'just a bit of fun'. Scheduled to slip into the fund-raising spectacular of this year's Sport Relief on July 15th, the idea was to get a bunch of sexy celebs and have them writhe around on a pole, with punters at home pledging a few pounds for kiddies with spina bifida, and maybe, just maybe cracking one off at the same time. Just a bit of fun though. Strictly legit.

Pole dancing however, is an activity which is unavoidably associated with female titillation of men. The fact that women get together and do it away from men, for female fun and physical exercise, is in this case irrelevant. For this was going to be pole dancing on national television, ostensibly for all the family and most importantly, for the little crippled kiddies, but the fact is, it would definitely have been watched by bevvied up blokes, all boorish, bellicose and baying for beaver. Blokes like Patrick Kielty. It would have been, for a great many men, the equivalent of pole dancing of the grubbiest hue - the kind of pole dancing that goes on in sordid strip bars in dodgy areas where statistics for sexual assault and rape are higher than similar areas where no such bars exist. Or do we exaggerate? Or is it the case that there are blokes out there who can and will debase and sordidify anything, blokes who sit at home bevvied up and cracking one off to 'Strictly Come Dancing Lite'? Most probably. But for the same reason that the BBC won't commission 'Strictly Come Lap Dancing' or 'Strictly Come Celebrity Naked Mud-Wrestling', they were probably right to abandon this backwoods folly, and hopefully on drugs to have seriously considered it in the first place.

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