Coronation Street actress 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.
The 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 reports claim that the review could recommend 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.”
A source close to the inquiry told the Daily Mail: “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 also be suggested that raunchy dance routines such as those by Christina Aguilera and Rihanna on last year’s X Factor final could also fall foul of the new rules.
A Downing Street source told PinkNews.co.uk that contrary to the reports in the newspapers, the prime minister has yet to express a view on the report, and will not until it is published.