A controversial scene in a recent episode of ‘Eastenders’ has been cleared by TV watchdog, Ofcom.
The scene, which featured two gay men in an implied sex romp in front of a corpse at a funeral home, caused outrage when it was aired. Fans of the show claimed it was ‘a disgrace’, regardless of the sexual orientation of the characters.
Ofcom received almost 80 complaints about the scene – but after further investigation and deliberation, the watchdog said that Eastenders were not in breach of any broadcasting rules, saying it “didn’t raise issues warranting further investigation”.
A statement from Ofcom added, “We found the scenes were justified in the context of a long-running plotline and sexual contact between the characters was implied rather than overt.
“Our rules don’t discriminate between scenes involving opposite-sex and same-sex couples.”
Soon after the broadcast, BBC released a statement that defended producers’ choice to include the scene, saying, “The millions of regular EastEnders fans who tune in each week know and expect dramatic storylines.
“We are always mindful of our time slot in which we are shown and the scenes in question were implied and not explicit.”
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