It was the kiss seen around the world. Did I forget to mention that the kiss was shared between two guys? Oh-h-h-h yes. It was enough for 150 viewers to spill their evening tea and pick up the phone to gripe to the network after character Christian and his new boyfriend, Lee, locked lips. While most major networks are doing what ever it takes to maintain their viewership BBC, on the other hand, released the following statement:
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 the same way as we do heterosexual relationships.
In this instance, Christian is enjoying the first flush of romance and we’ve shown him being affectionate with his new boyfriend in the same way any couple would.
One viewer raged: “I had to explain to my seven-year-old son what was happening. He now thinks he is gay because he kisses his dad,” while another branded the scene “the wrong example” to set children.
Oh Please! Children are probably the most open minded people on the planet. It’s not like the actors were visually portraying a scene from track 3 of Lady GaGa’s album. They were kissing…people…get over it!
But the BBC insists that gay and straight relationships are treated the same on the show.
God I love the BBC!