Singer George Michael posted a furious message to EastEnders bosses after watching an episode which featured Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) attempting to trash Syed (Marc Elliott) and Christian’s flat…
He did so because his son Ben (Joshua Pascoe) falsely accused Christian (John Partridge) of molesting him. He later retracted his lie, but for George, these scenes were the last straw.
He tweeted, “It’s official… George Michael has had enough of EastEnders…
“Gay people deserve better than the BBC’s pathetic attempts to ‘represent’ us”, he wrote.
“Message to gay kids in Britain. The East End of London is one of the best places on earth to be a modern gay man or couple.
“The relationship between Sayed [sic] and Christian is the most insulting piece of b****** on British television right now…
“Insulting to the gay community, insulting to the Muslim community, and in the meantime, terrifying every gay child that is struggling to come to terms with their sexuality, and the prospect of coming out to their family, whatever their religion.
“So far, Christian has been beaten up three times that I can remember, and is now accused of child molestation.”
In response to George’s angry post, and EastEnders spokesperson told Digital Spy, “EastEnders reflects a wide range of issues, but they are always individual to characters in order to create drama.
“We are not claiming to be factually representative.
“EastEnders viewers will know this is more a story about a tough character like Phil Mitchell struggling to come to terms with having a gay son.”
And of course, it’s not the first time the show’s bosses have been forced to defend how they handle homosexuality on the show, since earlier this year, viewers complained about a scene in which Christian and Syed were shown in bed together.
Then famed critic Brian Sewell criticised the show for being “too gay.”
What do you think about how the show is handing Ben’s story? And Syed and Christian’s come to that.
Let us know.
In the meantime, you can see the episode that upset George so much by clicking here.