The BBC has been confronted with a collection of complaints over a same-sex kiss scene in one in every of its CBBC reveals.
The broadcaster stated it doesn’t agree that the clip in The Subsequent Step was “inappropriate for the viewers age.”
Within the Canadian teen drama, which follows members of a aggressive dance group, characters Jude and Cleo are captured taking their relationship to the subsequent stage with a kiss.
The BBC stated that the scene aired within the newest episode was “dealt with with sensitivity and with out sensationalism.”
A press release on its web site learn: “The choice to incorporate this second, as a part of an extended storyline all through collection 7 which has been monitoring the event of a romantic relationship between two of the characters, Jude and Cleo, was taken very fastidiously and with a lot consideration, and took place after CBBC and Boatrocker (the manufacturing firm who make the present) acknowledged that the collection might and will do extra to mirror the lives of LGBTQ+ younger individuals.”
It continued: “This is a vital a part of our mission to make it possible for each baby looks like they belong, that they’re protected, and that they are often who they wish to be.
“We imagine that the storyline, and the kiss, was, following because it did the portrayal of Jude & Cleo’s growing relationship and I’m afraid we don’t agree that it was inappropriate for the viewers age – CBBC often portrays heterosexual younger individuals courting, falling in love, and kissing, and it is a vital method of displaying kids what respectful, sort and loving relationships appear like.”
“At Kids’s BBC, we’re proud to mirror all areas of youngsters’s lives throughout our factual and fictional output,” the BBC stated.
Gay relationships have beforehand featured in different CBBC reveals together with Jamie Johnson, four O Clock Membership, Dixie and Marrying Mum and Dad.
The primary same-sex kiss featured on CBBC was in Byker Grove a few years in the past, the assertion added.
“This second in The Subsequent Step is merely one story amongst a myriad of voices and experiences throughout our output.”
In the meantime, some viewers took to Twitter to reward the BBC over the scene.
One shared: “Completely unbelievable” whereas one other posted: “The Subsequent Step. CBBC. They did that. AAAAA” earlier than numerous love coronary heart emojis.
The BBC is but to verify what number of complaints the programme obtained.