The BBC have received “hundreds” of complaints following the most recent episode of the sci-fi drama Torchwood.
The episode, shown last Thursday after the 9pm watershed showed Jack Harkness (played by John Barrowman) kiss a male character followed by a brief sex scene.
Complaints are said to claim that the scenes were “pointless”, irrelevant to the plot and unsuitable for children.
I would argue that the whole point of the 9pm watershed is to allow programmes that may be unsuitable for children to be shown. Programmes shown after this time are able to provide shows aimed at a purely adult audience. It is important for the LGBT community to have programmes like Torchwood which pushes boundaries. The same scenes between a straight couple would pass relatively unchallenged.
Torchwood has always been provocative and viewers would know this. The scene in question portrayed the forbidden love between the two characters which was an important message in episode.
It is clear that some people need to wake up to the world we’re living in. Gay relationships are reality and should be portrayed in our media with the same realness and openness as straight relationships.