Bosses at the hit BBC soap, EastEnders, have denied that they gave new cast member, Danny Dyer, a “dressing down” following his Twitter blast at homophobic fans.
Viewers would have watched on Friday’s episode of the show when Dyer’s character, Mick Carter, shared an emotional and warming scene with his on-screen son Johnny (Sam Strike) as he finally revealed that he was gay.
Dyer, who is renowned in the industry for being the ‘hard-man’ of British television, delivered a heartfelt and touching performance as his character assured his son that the news did not change anything and that he wasn’t disgusted by his life choice – A scene which earned a public applause for both Dyer and Strike, and Daran Little who wrote the script.
However, off-screen and some of the shows fans seemed to think that the sentiment was false as they bombarded Dyer with homophobic slurs with regards to the storyline.
Dyer, who has often caused raised eyebrows over comments and remarks regarding controversial issues in the past, hit back at the haters by posting a New Year’s message to them on social networking site Twitter, with an explicit diagram of what he thought they should do with their opinions as well as calling them homophobic pr*cks.
Whilst the rest of the country applauded him for this bold and very deserved response, it was later reported by a well-known tabloid that the BBC had taken badly to the outburst, and given the actor a “dressing down” over it as a result
But, according Digital Spy, bosses at EastEnders have denied this, with a spokesperson for the show being quoted as saying:
“There’s no truth in the story that Danny will be getting a dressing down from bosses.”
We certainly hope there isn’t as in our opinion Danny Dyer has used his position, and reputation, to stand up against homophobia and the bullying that so often accompanies it, and for that he is a hero in our eyes – Do you agree? Leave your thoughts and comments below!
EastEnders continues tonight at 8pm on BBC1 / BBC1 HD – Watch the touching scene in question in the clip below: