'Nonsense!' Hamza Yassin slaps down claims Strictly has turned 'woke'


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The Countryfile presenter appeared alongside his dance partner Jowita Przystal during Thursday’s Steph’s Packed Lunch, where he discussed his experience on Strictly Come Dancing so far. Hamza and Jowita impressed the judges on Saturday night when they took to the dancefloor for the very first time.

This weekend, viewers will see the celebrities compete once again, and on Sunday the first pair will be eliminated from the competition.

Following the first live show, there has been some criticism online about the celebrities taking part in the show.

Some have taken to social media, branding the show “woke” because of its same-sex partnerships.

Other fans have picked fault over the fact show bosses chose to have Paralympian Ellie Simmonds in the competition.

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However, TV presenter Hamza has hit back at the claims when questioned by Steph McGovern about it.

The host began: “Today, there’s a fairly mean piece saying that Strictly is so woke now.

“And the show’s not thinking about entertainment, it’s thinking about getting two same-sex couples in and having, of course, Ellie Simmonds in with dwarfism.

“I can see you shaking your head, I can guess what you’re going to say, what do you think when you read pieces like that?”

“If Hamza can do it, and he’s a big man, then maybe I can do it,” the Strictly star added. “That is what it’s all about.

“It’s not about, ‘We all have to look the same and do the same thing’. So inclusivity is so important.

“And it’s a representation, the amount of people that have spoken to Ellie, saying, ‘I’ve got dwarfism and I want to do this because I’ve seen you do this’.

“That is what it is all about,” the Strictly star emphatically added.



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