In the UK a new row has broken out between TV Land and The Prime Minister, David Cameron.
Coronation Street, the UK’s leading soap, star Brooke Vincent has slammed prime minister David Cameron over reports that he supports new proposals which could ban same sex kisses on pre-watershed television.
It comes to light that the coalition government has commissioned an independent review into the regulation of television content and into the future of the 9pm watershed by the chief executive of the Mothers’ Union, Reg Bailey.
Newspaper and media reports say that the review recommends that gay kisses should be banned before the 9pm watershed and that the recommendations have the support of the prime minister.
At present, all four major soap operas; Corrie, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks all have gay or lesbian characters and all have gay couples. Today, Brooke Vincent who plays teenage lesbian Sophie Webster in Coronation Street took to Twitter to criticise the prime minister: “I swear David Cameron’s meant to be supporting equal rights,” she Tweeted. “I just think if same-sex kisses are what he is prioritising and concentrating on changing, our country’s in trouble.”
Daily Mail newspaper reported : “It is hard to protect children in the internet and mobile-phone age but we have to do something. For some parents, what has been considered acceptable in the past – such as that Brookside kiss – is not appropriate for children to see early in the evening.”
“it’s utterly outrageous that a ban on gay kisses should be enforced on TV before the 9pm watershed” Complained gay rights commentator and write Jason Shaw. “We’ve come a long way for acceptance, for recognition and for equality, we’re not going to turn back now to run and hide in the shadows. If this is true, they I’ll call on the government to ban all kisses before the 9pm watershed”
“I would find it appalling if the Prime Minister is supporting such a case, such a recommendation” Jason added.
The press spokesperson from Downing Street said the PM has not made his mind up and will wait until the report id published.