Ofcom receive nearly 150 complaints over Coronation Street kiss

Coronation Street kiss

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In total 145 people complained about the same-sex kiss, over double the number of complaints from a month ago.

Twitter was ablaze last night after Coronation Street’s Billy and Todd – played by Daniel Brocklebank and Bruno Langley, respectively – locked lips on screen.

The overwhelming majority were supportive comments, with many praising the show and the actors for a fantastic scene. However, others were more critical, questioning why ITV would broadcast a gay kiss, leaving many in the LGBT community wondering what decade we’d time traveled back to.

In light of the very vocal negativity on Twitter, GT contacted the broadcast regulator Ofcom to enquire whether the Twitter trolls has translated into actual complaints against the programme.

A spokesperson from the broadcast regulator Ofcom told GT that they had “received 145 complaints about this episode of Coronation Street on ITV.”

And that they “will assess these complaints before we decide whether to investigate or not.”

Matt Horwood, senior communications officer at the LGBT charity Stonewall told GT: “It’s sad to see that a select few still take this sort of stance toward two men sharing an on-screen kiss, and it would be interesting to hear why it’s so distressing for them.

“Same-sex couples exist and there is nothing different about their sharing a kiss than any other couple.

“We applaud programmes like Coronation Street, EastEnders and Hollyoaks for continuing to include and embrace these relationships and represent and support the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community, and hope that other programmes continue to follow suit.”

It’s worth noting that this isn’t the first time a same-sex kiss has landed Coronation Street in hot water with some of its viewers. Back in August the TV watchdog rejected over 60 complaints lodged against the show when Billy and Todd got together.

An Ofcom spokesperson said at the time: “Our rules do not discriminate between scenes involving opposite-sex and same-sex couples.

“Also the scenes were not in any way sexually explicit. For these reasons they were not scheduled inappropriately and did not exceed generally accepted standards.”

Commenting on last night’s kiss, Daniel Brocklebank said on Twitter: “So many lovely, supportive & hilarious tweets about tonight’s @itvcorrie! Plus only a few from the homophobes! Maybe we’re winning a little.”

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