EastEnders nudity sparks fury among viewers
- Bang Showbiz
- 15 June 2011
A naked bedroom scene featuring EastEnders' Christian Clarke and Syed Masood has sparked fury among viewers, who were left outraged after the gay couple were seen kissing and cuddling in bed an hour-and-a-half before the watershed
A naked bedroom scene featuring EastEnders' Christian Clarke and Syed Masood has sparked fury among viewers.
The gay couple - played by actors John Partridge and Marc Elliott - were seen kissing and cuddling in bed more than an hour-and-a-half before the 9pm watershed.
With children left "confused" by the scenes, angry parents are now demanding the BBC One soap puts warnings at the start of such episodes in the future.
One parent said: "I was left having to explain all this to two young kids. One of them even thinks he's gay now because he kisses his dad."
Writing on the BBC's online message board, another viewer vented: "I'm not a homophobe but really do not want t see gay men in bed naked and kissing.
"Especially whole my 10-year-old daughter is sitting with me before the watershed."
Despite the anger sparked by the scenes among a number of viewers, the broadcaster has also received 77 messages from fans of the BBC One soap praising the plot.
A spokesperson told the Daily Star newspaper: "We cannot discriminate by treating gay characters any differently to other people in the programme."