Several international news sources have reported that Australian television network Seven Network buckled under pressure from conservative groups and will show a watered down version of a same-sex kiss between police officer Charlie Buckton deck hand Joey Collins tomorrow night on soap opera Home and Away.
Esther Anderson (Charlie) and Kate Bell (Joey)
However, according to Backtothebay.net, a Home and Away fansite, the kiss will air as planned.
As we reported earlier this month, Charlie and Joey’s relationship was slated to develop from platonic to romantic over the course of five weeks. Although we will not know whether the uncut version will air until tomorrow, there is no question that news of the upcoming kiss has caused steam to fly out of some conservatives’ ears.
I guess no one felt compelled to complain about this kiss, which currently appears on the front page of Home and Away’s official site.
Sexualized plotline alert! Someone notify Pro Family Perspectives.
Let’s see what other plot lines are on this week’s docket.
Oh look! A hit and run.
And attempted murder! What a wholesome family-friendly storyline!
As David Knox noted above, violent crime is deemed to be acceptable by groups like Pro Family Perspectives, yet a kiss between two women is a sign that society is falling apart.
On a final note, here are some spoilers on Charlie and Joey’s relationship from backtothebay.net:
So two people admitting that they care for each other and are in love is a “sexualized” plotline? That Angela Conway of Pro Family Perspectives certainly has a dirty, dirty mind.