Following the whopping TWO complaints EastEnders received after airing its homosexual kiss last Monday night, writers have come out to defend the scene!
On Monday 30th December, aired at a later time of 9pm, EastEnders showed the seeds of romance begin to blossom between cast newbie, Johnny Carter (Sam Strike) and Danny Pennant (Gary Lucy) as they shared a drunken kiss in the flower gardens.
The kiss marked the beginning of Johnny’s ‘coming out’ storyline in what is far from the show’s first homosexual relationship to be shown, but still it received complaints from the public, well from two members of it anyway!
In retaliation the writer of Monday’s episode, Pete Lawson, took to social networking site, Twitter, to express his disappointment in the reaction, tweeting:
“10 years ago Coronation Street had complaints when I wrote Todd kissing Nick… now complaints about EastEnders gay kiss… no progress,
“I thinks it’s encouraging that Hollyoaks gay kisses don’t get complaints, cos its viewers are young and accepting.”
And, with regards to the show being moved back from its usual pre-watershed timeslot into a 9pm broadcast, a BBC spokesperson as insisted it was not because of the kiss, with Digital Spy quoting them as saying:
“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.”
Over the years EastEnders has shown many a gay couple and their relationship, most recently that of Syed Masood (Marc Elliot) and Christian Clarke (Johnny Partridge).
EastEnders continues tonight at 8pm on BBC1 / BBC1 HD – Did you find the kiss offensive? Leave your thoughts and comments below!