BBC receives complaints over EastEnders homophobic attack

The BBC has received complaints from viewers over a scene in an episode of EastEnders, last week, which saw the character of Christian Clarke [John Partridge] subjected to a homophobic attack.

 

 

 

The BBC has received complaints from viewers over a scene in an episode of EastEnders, last week, which saw the character of Christian Clarke [John Partridge] subjected to a homophobic attack. The attack, in last Thursday’s episode of the BBC soap, came as part of the latest twist in the storyline between Christian and Muslin character Syed Masood – as the truth of their affair was revealed to Syed’s family. The scene saw the character of Christian subjected to a horrific homophobic attack by a Muslim gang and according to The Sun around 40 people have complained to the corporation over the scene.

 

The complaints were concerned about the suitability of the scene being shown before the watershed, while children may be watching, and also because of the possibility of copycat attacks. The storyline between Syed [Marc Elloit] and Christian has already sparked complaints before with some in the Muslim community criticising it outright while others complained about gay kisses between the two. In the New Year some fans were angered at a homophobic rant towards Christian by Zainab Masood [Nina Wadia] went un-challenged on-screen.  A BBC spokesperson said the corporation was careful to ensure shows were “appropriate for their time slots”.