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Gay Sex Scene Nets Complaints, But BBC Won't Apologize

Gay Sex Scene Nets Complaints, But BBC Won't Apologize

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A gay sex scene on BBC's Torchwood between actor John Barrowman and another man received 500 viewer complaints amid 3.4 million viewers.

The episode aired last week in the U.K. -- the scene was a flashback featuring Barrowman's "omnisexual" character Captain Jack Harkness in bed with an Italian immigrant in 1927. The show, which airs at 9 p.m. in Britain, has included repeated gay romance story lines. But this scene, reportedly at seven minutes, drew attention for lasting longer than others and being more explicit.

The BBC released a statement saying, "We aim to depict sexual relationships in an honest and realistic way. These scenes are not meant to cause offense." The right-wing Daily Mail newspaper wrote a story about the complaints. And the ATV Today website said the Mail blew up the story, especially since only a fraction of the total viewers complained.

Recently, it was revealed that the BBC cut a separate gay sex scene for British audiences but kept them intact for American viewers.

Was there too much gay sex for the 9 p.m. hour? See for yourself in the NSFW video below (which is apparently a shortened version but we couldn't find a more accurate clip) and sound off in the comments.

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.