Ofcom rejects Corrie gay kiss complaints

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 February 2014
Todd Grimshaw and Marcus Dent

Todd Grimshaw and Marcus Dent

'Coronation Street' will not be investigated by Ofcom over the kiss between Todd Grimshaw and Marcus Dent last week in a scene which provoked outrage being broadcast before the watershed

'Coronation Street' will not be investigated by Ofcom over a gay kiss scene.

The ITV soap featured a raunchy half-naked embrace between Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) and Marcus Dent (Charlie Condou) last week, which resulted in around 100 viewers to complain to Ofcom because the "sexually suggestive" footage aired before 8pm when many children were watching.

However, the broadcasting regulator refuses to act on the complaints since they don't want to "discriminate" between homosexual and heterosexual relations on screen.

A spokesperson for Ofcom told MailOnline: "Ofcom can confirm that it is not investigating the scene in 'Coronation Street' as it was not in breach of generally accepted standards. Our rules do not discriminate between scenes involving opposite sex and same sex couples."

Ofcom was forced to assess whether any broadcasting guidelines had been broken but it seems the "majority" of viewers didn't have a problem with the footage since it simulates a real life situation.

An insider told the Daily Star newspaper: "The vast majority of the audience have no trouble with this. It's real."

This isn't the first time Todd has caused controversy on the show, emerging as Weatherfield's first gay character and initially leaving the street in 2005 after he came out to then girlfriend Sarah Platt (Tina O'Brien).

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