A number of viewers have complained about a gay kiss scene in an Eastenders episode, that aired on 30 December. The clip sees Danny Pennant, played by Gary Lucy, kissing newcomer Johnny Carter, the niece of Shirley Carter.
The writers of the storyline have criticised those who complained, saying that there has been ‘no progress’.
2014, and gay teens kissing on a soap still draws complaints. Makes me even prouder to have written that ep http://t.co/jZTPWind42 …
— Pete Lawson (@petelawson68) January 2, 2014
10 years ago Coronation Street had complaints when I wrote Todd kissing Nick… now complaints about EastEnders gay kiss… no progress
— Daran Little (@DaranLittle) January 2, 2014
The new plot leads to a ‘coming out’ story line, which we’re assuming was written after the whole Tom Daley thing. The gay kiss episode aired at 9pm last Monday, instead of it’s usual 8pm slot.
But a BBC spokeswoman said this was nothing to do with the nature of the scene and blamed it all on Shrek. The family film finished at 9pm, meaning we all had to wait for the popular soap.
It was only pushed back because the movie Shrek Forever After preceded it in the schedules.EastEnders aims to reflect real life, and this means including and telling stories about characters from many different backgrounds, faiths, religions and sexualities.We approach our portrayal of homosexual relationships in exactly the same way as we do heterosexual relationships; ensuring depictions of affection or sexuality between couples are suitable for pre-watershed viewing.
Eastenders is on tonight at 8pm.