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‘Hard-hitting’ homophobia plotline for Coronation Street

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  1. Linus Roache to play the bigot?

    Hurrah.

    I fancied him something rotten as the gay priest in the movie ‘Priest’.

  2. This really does depend upon how they deal with the whole thing; if done sensitively then hopefully it will shock people into realising how they come across and how mean people can be.

    I must admit I don’t tend to watch these types of shows, but the average person watches them for years and use them to relate to things they don’t really understand of know (sadly they do have a habit of completely getting things wrong).

    When I came out and told my mum I was trans, I used Haley as an (maybe not the best) example of a trans person; but it did emphasis to her that trans people look like and act like normal members of society and not nut jobs that the media want people to believe we are.

  3. Soaps should reflect life as lived, and anyone who’s spent enough time on these comment boards will have encountered a few of our resident homophobes. I have no objection to depicting homophobia in drama so long as it isn’t presented as some kind of widely acceptable norm.
    Will have to wait and see how this one pans out…

  4. Given that Coronation Street has (and continues to) a fairly positive representation of a transsexual character, I’d give them the benefit of the doubt on this. Their storylines tend to be led by character rather than plotline, which is how it should be.

  5. The writers will be giving a kind of script to the hundreds of homophobes in this country – witness the mob who have only just now violently attacked a gay couple Bradford.

    So the writers have an enormous duty to ensure that even the most hardened homophobes are SHOWN that they are as UGLY and SICK as HELL. Otherwise, we can expect the show to encourage greater public homophobia and more widespread use of homophobic language towards us.

    Are the writers doing this to boost their ratings or to educate the homophobes? Of course, they will SAY they are doing it for the latter reason, but they will certainly benefit from the ratings. But will WE?

  6. Rufus Red 5 Jul 2010, 3:31pm

    This programme likes to let rip with foul, homophobic outbursts. It did the first time a regular gay storyline was introduced. Before you all fall over yourselves saying how realistic this is and yes it must be shown etc etc etc… try asking whether a scene full of every filthy racist insult you can imagine would be considered just ‘hard-hitting’ and ‘realistic’, and that apologists’ favourite word ‘challenging’?. My bet is they would not, and most especially not before the watershed, whatever that means now. And yet the same ‘it’s only portraying real life’ excises could be trotted out then, too. No. Fact is, homophobic insults used as entertainment (soaps ARE entertainments, folks, please remember that, with ADVERTS in the middle) are fine; racist ones are not, and this simple metal comparison is enough to show how far there still is to go. Cut the bull. Cut the gratuitous, pre-announced homophobic attacks.

  7. Can’t wait to see this!
    Sounds really entertaining and accurate =]

  8. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

    I lived in Manhattan for a year and, to be honest, although we think of the United States as a more socially conservative country than the UK, I must say that, generally speaking, the mainstream American media handles the subject of homophobia far better than the UK. Shows like Six Feet Under (which is the greatest show of all-time), Ugly Betty, Brothers and Sisters and et cetera all depict homophobia in some episodes; however, the creators of the show always ensure that the homophobes look dumb, narrow-minded and et cetera.

    Having seen the Syed-Christian storyline on Eastenders, I can’t say the same thing about the UK. In that show, they basically showed homophobia to be a legitimate alternative opinion. I mean, I understand that there are homophobes in society and it is naive to act like they don’t exist, so perhaps it is good that Eastenders shows them. However, we also have racists in this country, but they are not depicted on shows like Eastenders as a legitimate group who simply disagree with the majority.

  9. Sister Mary Clarance 5 Jul 2010, 4:31pm

    However SamB the reality is that the bad guy doesn’t always get his comeuppance in real life and therefore in a drama that is attempting to depict real life, logically good doesn’t always triumph over evil. The States may wish to sanitise its dramas (like its news and everything else it seems), but personally I prefer something depicting real life to do so, warts and all.

    Hopefully if well managed the storyline will be able to show the reality of the ugliness of homophobia and the knock on effect it has on all the lives it touches.

  10. @Gerry,you are completely wrong!Showcasing homophobia on Corrie won’t give homophobes a ‘script’.Christ,those morons don’t need a soap,sorry,’continuing drama’ to get ideas on how to be homophobic!
    I say,Well Done to Corrie,they,in the vast majority of cases,get it spot-on when dealing with contemporary issues!We should all reserve judgement until the episodes air,but I do believe they will treat the subject as sensitively as they have done in the past.And,yeah,@ StephenC,I quite agree,I got my rocks off over Linus Roach playing the priest in that drama,lol,and Robert Carlysle who played his rough bit of trade!Ah,happy days,lol!

  11. Think I will forward this to the Corrie scriptwriters to give them a few ideas and a little more realistic!!

    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/07/05/gay-couple-attacked-by-15-strong-mob-in-bradford/

    Roll on the racist one with the ‘n’ word and the anti muslim one. Or are the gays just fair game?

  12. Michael nastari 5 Jul 2010, 7:33pm

    I think it’s a good idea. The media seems to sugar coat homophobia just look at how easy the characters get accepted. Many parents don’t accept there childrens sexuality. LGBT young people are four times more likely to be chucked out of home by their parents. As long as it’s balanced I think it will highlight that homophobia is still an issue for many lgb people. Well done corrie I say.

  13. well I’d prefer a screaming shouting homphobe at least you
    know where you stand it’s the quiet insidious ones you have to look out for and many pretend to be gay men. so if you’re in a relationship and youre always having problems or being hit and the sex is crap
    or non existent he’s probally not gay he’s a homphobe. and corrie already has a homophobic story line it’s that mincing cliche lusting after hetrosexual men.

  14. I wonder how Linus Roache feels playing both sides of the spectrum? Gay priest & now a homophobe. But I trust the producers who seem to take a positive attitude to prejudice.

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