You would have thought it was the first ever gay kiss on screen the way that people have reacted to Johnny Carter and Danny Pennant’s snog in EastEnders over the New Year, with the scene receiving more controversy and criticism than any other gay kiss shown on TV, and now one of the actors involved has hit back!
Before Johnny (Sam Strike) admitted his sexuality to father Mick (Danny Dyer) fans of EastEnders were let in on his secret identity when he shared a drunken kiss with Danny (Gary Lucy) in the flower gardens in Albert Square.
But, despite the fact that in this day and age homosexual couples are readily accepted and portrayed in most of our favourite TV shows, two whole people decided to complain about the kiss, which was broadcast at a later time of 9pm, causing a social media frenzy style debate about whether it should have been shown.
Since then just about everyone who has anything to do with it have come forward to voice their opinions on the matter, and now Gary Lucy, who plays Danny, has had his say too!
Discussing the reaction with the Sun newspaper, Lucy said: “I think, ‘Get with the times!’ “Reaction was, on the most part, positive. There were a few on Twitter still living in the dark ages but on the whole, people were okay.
“I got one message on the internet from a guy saying, ‘Thanks for that storyline because it gave me the courage to come out and tell my parents’. If you can do that, you as an actor and the show has done its job.”
The actor, who is also taking part in this year’s all-star Dancing On Ice series, went on to admit that he is very nervous ahead of his first ice dance tomorrow night, explaining:
“I’m just petrified, my legs just turn to jelly. Even sat on the side in the studio watching on Sunday, I couldn’t feel my feet.
“All I can do is keep practising and hope I don’t fall over in front of millions of people. They expected us to pick up where we left off and that was four years ago to me.
“Some folk have continued with it and are fantastic – then there is me! The standard is completely different. You get the best of the best, everyone’s got to up their game.”
EastEnders continues on Monday night at 8pm on BBC1 / BBC1 HD – Watch Danny and Johnny’s kiss in the clip below: