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Some residents in a rural Alabama town are "outraged" after a Black gay male dance troupe performed a "vulgar" and "obscene" routine in the town's annual Christmas parade. Watch Fox Mobile's report AFTER THE JUMP ...
Dressed in red and white Santa sweaters and snug white shorts, the four young men performed a routine that entailed a combination of sharp thrusts, swaying and elaborate hip movements. Each member also sported pristine make-up.
Within hours, members of the community in Semmes called parade organizers and posted on social media, most of them in shock. At least one woman demanded an apology, saying she had "never been so insulted" in her life. Others wrote that they were disgusted and children should not have been exposed to the dancers.
[Karen] McDuffie, who is on the board of directors of the Friends of Semmes, the group that created the parade, said the Prancing Elites' moves were "vulgar" and "not appropriate for a children's Christmas parade," before apologizing on behalf of the organization.
"I was outraged and appalled," added another resident who attended the event with her daughter.
The Prancing Elites have appeared on The Real and been interviewed on the The Tom Joyner Morning Show. Some of their videos have gone viral across the web. Troupe leader Kentrell Collins said the group was invited to perform and thought the organizers were familiar with their style. Collins makes an excellent point on gender presentation and traditional theories on masculinity.
"We are no different than any team out there dancing. We want people to stop looking at gender and focus on the talent," said the 26-year-old Collins. "It's OK for a woman to put on tights and play football, but when a man wants to put on a leotard and tights, it's a problem."
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There has been support across social media for the dance troupe. "So underage girls twerking at Mardi Gras is ok but @PrancingE is NOT ok?" tweeted one person. "Thanks for reminding me why I'm leaving Alabama ASAP#hypocrite"
"J-Setting" is the highly-choreographed dance style seen in the music video for Beyoncé’s "Single Ladies." J-setting is popular in Black gay clubs across the country—especially in the South—and can trace its origins back a decade to the famed Jackson State University dance line known as the Prancing J-Settes. The lead-and-mimic routine—actually an interpretation of Bob Fosse's style in All That Jazz and Chicago—has been adopted by Black gay youth across the country.
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