The long-running British soap-opera ‘Coronation Street’ had its first gay kiss during Monday night’s episode. “Corrie” characters Billy Mayhew and Todd Grimshaw shared the kiss on a bed after having a discussion about sex.
The show has a long history of diverse characters. Bruno Langley’s character (Todd Grimshaw) has been out since 2003. After more than 12 years of gay plot twists, homophobic viewers of the show apparently decided to draw the line over a simple kiss.
Many bigoted viewers took to social media to express their anger.
— Rob Davies (@rjdavies7) September 5, 2016
Not sure we need the full steamy gay scenes this early #Corrie
— Colin Yates (@yatesy79) September 5, 2016
@itvcorrie Did you hear that click? That was Coronation Street being turned off – for GOOD. One gay scene too many for eight- thirty.
— Richard Jarrett (@Paradox321) September 5, 2016
But many loyal viewers were quick to denounce the homophobia, including actor Daniel Brocklebank who portrays Billy Mayhew on the show.
Had many angry tweets saying "I'm disgusted my kids saw men kiss on tv"
I'm disgusted they left it up tv to teach their kids how love works
— Daniel Brocklebank (@Dan_Brocklebank) September 5, 2016
If in 2016 you can't handle two actors stimulating a gay kiss on a soap opera. You really should get your priorities right #corrie
— Wayne Power (@PowerWayne) September 5, 2016
— Chris Godfrey (@ChrisPJGodfrey) September 5, 2016
“We approach the portrayal of homosexual relationships in the same way as heterosexual relationships, and we carefully consider all scenes in our soaps, and their suitability for pre-watershed audiences,” an ITV spokesman told MailOnline.
“We do not believe that the content of last night’s episode was inappropriately scheduled, or exceeded generally accepted standards for content broadcast at this time,” the spokesman said.
A theme among those who were upset about the kiss seems to revolve around the fact that it occurred before 9pm. Admittedly, we don’t watch much British television, but we’re pretty sure there are countless heterosexual kisses that happen each day before 9pm. We realize that a prerequisite to homophobia is stupidity, but at least these people could try to make it a bit less obvious.