UPDATE: BBC chiefs said to be angry over Danny Dyer’s Twitter row, but show spokeswoman denies that report! Scroll to the end of this article to read more!
In last week’s episodes of EastEnders, new cast members Danny Dyer and Sam Strike played out a scene in which Sam’s character Johnny admitted to his dad Mick – Danny’s character – that he’s gay…
It was a powerful and touching scene, and evidently other fans thought so too as both Dyer and Strike were inundated with messages of congratulations on Twitter and on various other internet forums.
They also received messages from young viewers who revealed that watching the scene had prompted them to ‘come out’ to their own parents.
However, there were – to the surprise of no one – a group of homophobic ‘haters’ who targeted the stars, sending hate filled messages too graphic to repeat here. But Danny had a message of his own for those narrow-minded Twitter trolls who chose to target him for the actions of his character…
On the social networking site, he wrote, “Here’s a little message for some of the homophobic pr***s who are tweeting me……..happy new year.”
You can click here to see what that message is!
But on a happier note, and in response to the positive messages he and Sam had received, Danny tweeted, “Thank u all so much for the love…overwhelming.
“Hope the show tonight gives some people the confidence to be true to themselves & be happy.”
On his Twitter account, Sam wrote, “Thanks for the kind words, couldn’t have imagined x”
Prior to the episode airing, the show’s executive producer Dominic Treadwell Collins wrote, “Gay kids: watch #EastEnders at 8pm tonight. Even better, watch it with your parents,” which Sam re-tweeted to his followers.
What did you think of the scene?
Personally, I think it’s one of the best we’ve seen on the show for a while, which is going some, given the strong storylines and emotive scenes the show’s cast have played out in recent months!
Here’s a reminder of it…
UPDATE: It’s been reported today that Danny faces a “dressing down” from bosses at the BBC for his row on Twitter with the ‘haters’ who inundated him with abuse over the above storyline.
As mentioned in our article, Danny initially hit back by posting a message to those who’d sent him abusive tweets which read, “Here’s a little message for the homophobic p****s who are tweeting me. Happy New Year.”
However, a show source told The Sun’s TV Biz that BBC executives are unhappy that Danny rose to the bait, and would’ve preferred him to ignore the negative remarks.
An insider said, “No one would disagree with Danny taking a stance when it comes to opposing homophobic opinions…
“But the manner in which he did it will not go down well at the BBC.
“Danny’s always been outspoken, but now that he’s a member of the EastEnders cast, he has to remember that his reactions impact on the BBC.”
However, a show spokeswoman has denied that that is the case, and had told us today, “There’s no truth in the story that Danny will be getting a dressing down from bosses.”