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EastEnders’ Ben Mitchell to come out as gay

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  1. He’s not a very pleasant character, but it takes all sorts i suppose.

    1. I liked him much better before they sent him off to Juvie for 6 months and replaced his actor.

  2. Mumbo Jumbo 21 Jul 2011, 12:03pm

    “Bear Fathers Cub Shock”

    1. hahahaha YES!

  3. Ashlee Kelly 21 Jul 2011, 12:09pm

    *waits for “OUTRAGE” from right-wing tabloids for too many poofs being on TV*

    1. @ashlee tabloids will twist it i agree however balls to them

  4. No doubt Brian Sewell will be shocked and appalled.

    Will the viewers even muster mild surprise, though? EE has been laying this on with a trowel since the hapless Ben was a tween.

    1. I remember him telling his dad he had a crush on someone in his class called Ashley. Dad asked if Ashley was a boy or a girl, to which Ben replied “a girl, of course.”

  5. This appears to be a natural progression of the character as opposed to being yet another tedious PC box ticking exercise. Indeed, if handled delicately and sensitively, this plot line could help younger viewers of EastEnders who are in a similar predicament. Well done to the EE scriptwriters for weaving this idea into the script – a welcome reprieve from the utter tedium of the Christian/Syed set-up – and showing Phil Collinson at Coronation Street how interesting gay characters should emerge and progress naturally instead of the dull, bland assortment they have shoe-horned into their soap.

    1. This is Ben you’re talking about!!

      1. Yes Dave, who did you think I was referring to? Dot Branning?

    2. Tut. Boys boys boys, do either of you actually think the producers/writers of Eastenders give a fiddler’s f–k if this story will help younger viewers? Its all about the headlines and controversy guys. It’ll boil down to scenes with Phil Mitchell punching a wall, close ups of him sweating profusely and then thumping someone who calls his son a ‘poof’. Fireworks and fisticuffs are about the only language the people behind Eastenders understand.

  6. Never really watched Eastenders, but might tune in to see how they handle this and how it plays out.

  7. Jock S. Trap 21 Jul 2011, 1:06pm

    Well I didn’t see that one coming…. much!

  8. As if we didn’t see that coming… lol

  9. He was always going to be gay wasn’t he? Before he got shiped of to Juvie and changed actor he was into show tunes and tap dancing (I personally don’t mean to stereotype – i just mean that they already were)

  10. dave wainwright 21 Jul 2011, 3:58pm

    They had better hurry up with the “GAY KISS” before the government succeed in moving such activity to post water shed .

    1. Stop believing lies and fairy tales.

      Fact: “David Cameron ‘does not want’ gay kissing ban on TV”.

  11. dave wainwright 21 Jul 2011, 4:00pm

    Presumably he developed a taste for salami whilst incarcerated at Her Majesty’s Pleasure as so many do .

    1. More than likely as no one from the east end of London has ever been educated at boarding school.

  12. martyn notman 21 Jul 2011, 5:26pm

    ok they will get two- three months (xmas max) out of this and then either a)kill him B) have him turn psycho c) have him wake up and forget hes gay one morning. Does anyone else resent being soap fodder?

    1. What gives you that impression?

      While the characters aren’t always brilliant (nothing is in Eastenders, consistently), Christian and Syed’s relationship has been treated very well within the show.

  13. I think it would have been better to have had him as straight but confident in his sexuality through his love of Musicals etc

  14. Rich (original) 22 Jul 2011, 1:54am

    He looks like a passive paederast…

  15. Seems EE still can’t work out a lesbian couple story line. As predicted Corries girls will move on, but at least they had a story line with them.

  16. he is so annoying

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