Dancing With the Stars is known as a show that plays fast and loose with the word "stars," but season 23 really underlines that fact. Sure, Ryan Lochte is a star, but a fallen one. Also, Rick Perry is not a celebrity anywhere outside of Texas — his failed bids for the Republican nomination in the past two election cycles were mercifully short (though he did become a historic footnote when, at a 2012 debate, he was unable to name all three of the government agencies he intended to shut down).
LGBT audiences though may remember Perry a bit more vividly. He's been a staunch opponent to our equality, lamenting the legalization of consensual gay sex and advocating a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Oh, and he equated homosexuality with alcoholism. So obviously, many queer-related Twitter accounts lit up when DWTS's new cast was announced this week.
[RELATED: Rick Perry's Most Antigay Moments]
Actor-comedian Alec Mapa isn't joining his local chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans any time soon.
.@GovernorPerry to join Dancing With The Stars. Great! We're far safer with Republicans ballroom dancing than governing.
— Alec Mapa (@AlecMapa) August 30, 2016
Just catching up
Trump -> Mexico
Rick Perry -> Dancing with the Stars
America -> toilet
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) August 31, 2016
Not bad for a real housewife:
I hear Texan Politician Potus wanna be Rick Perry is on DWTS.Assumed he'd be doing Texas 2 step,but more like 1 step forward & 2 steps back
— Lea Black (@LeaBlackMiami) August 30, 2016
Add "tell 2011 Rick Perry that he'll be reduced to 'Dancing With The Stars' by September 2016" to the list of fun uses of a time machine
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) August 30, 2016
Does Rick Perry know that ballroom dancing is a gay paradise? OH!!! I get it now. #DWTS
— Fortune Feimster (@fortunefunny) August 30, 2016
If Rick Perry's stint on Dancing With the Stars mirrors his presidential run, he'll only be able to remember two of out every three steps.
— shauna (@goldengateblond) August 30, 2016
— Desi (@DesiJed) August 30, 2016
Andy Lassner lumps Perry in with another politician whose career is effectively over.
Surprised Anthony Weiner didn't make the #DWTS cast
— andy lassner (@andylassner) August 30, 2016
"Rick Perry to join Dancing with the Stars." pic.twitter.com/fitBhNUwNj
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) August 30, 2016
The new cast for Dancing With The Stars has been announced and dullards have never been more excited.
— Lord Goomba (@ObscureGent) August 30, 2016
Hey, a check is a check. Right, Rick?
Rick Perry to join "Dancing With The Stars." In other news, "Dancing With The Stars" renamed, "Dancing With The Bottom Of The Barrel"
— Lizz Winstead (@lizzwinstead) August 30, 2016
New Dancing with The Stars cast:
-A Derek Jeter bobblehead
- the voiceover guy from Bar Rescue
-Matt R. from grade school
— Vanessa Ramos (@thatRamosgirl) August 30, 2016
Wait, Vanilla Ice isn't a star anymore?
I'd love to see CBS do a celebrity version of Dancing with the Stars.
— (Joshua Malina) (@JoshMalina) August 25, 2016