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EastEnders character tells on-screen dad Danny Dyer he is gay in emotional scene

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  2. I really like this character his sister did something similar to what my older brother did. He blurted out in front of my dad that I was guy. Luckily both my parents are open minded enough to accept my sexuality

  3. I thought the initial scenes in the Monday episode where Danny Pennant first sees Johnny at the launderette (and Johnny quickly eyes him up) and later when Danny sees Johnny behind the bar and compliments him were well written, acted, directed and beautifully set up to make you wonder what might happen or if anything would actually happen. The scene in the square that ends with the kiss was still a surprise and brilliantly done. Well done to both Dam Strike and Gary Lucy for one of the most touching and sexy Eastenders scenes ever. Tonight’s episode with Johnny coming out to his dad while brilliantly acted by Strike felt like it had been written by a social worker!. Eastenders at its worst, telling it’s audience what to think and how to feel. I had hoped EE (after introducing Danny Pennant) might have another gay character who is a real person with an intimate life to be explored and not simply a social issue. A case of wait and see.

  4. Shona phimister 3 Jan 2014, 9:29pm

    A lovely coming out scene. Really well done.

  5. Most of the Twitter abuse is by blacks.

    1. Blacks??

    2. Robert in S. Kensington 4 Jan 2014, 6:19pm

      You mean when you see the words ‘batty boy’?

  6. The BBC is stuck in a time warp, twenty years behind the times. In Coronation Street when Sophie came out, everyone pretty much accepted it. In EastEnders, it’s become a formula that a sensitive lad with a macho father, suddenly bursts out of the closet. It’s never accepted by everyone and at least one character always has to rant on about how disgusting homosexuality is, in order to keep the bigots in the BBC’s audience happy. It’s the BBC that is disgusting, in always showing being gay as traumatic and in its total inability to show gays as they really are.

    1. Spot on. You have the measure of the BBC. Its attitude to sexual orientation, as opposed to other forms of diversity, is years behind the times.

    2. I think you’re being a little unfair, it is a soap after all, and when did anything ever go smoothly in any soap storyline? Surely that’s the whole point, in a series that’s rather unrealistically dramatic at the best of times? And in any event, how many people even today come out entirely smoothly? You’ll note that even tom Daley’s grandparents felt it necessary to comment that they thought it was “too soon for him to make his mind up” (or words to that effect).

    3. Robert in S. Kensington 4 Jan 2014, 6:22pm

      A catholic Tory at the helm of the BBC. Just look at the negative reporting of the marriage bill, no balanced programming giving almost all of the air time to the opposition. It was so bad even Whitehall complained.

    4. Crozzy2211 4 Jan 2014, 9:55pm

      And how are gays really ? Does everyone who comes out have the same experience ? Does everyone who comes out always have the support of both their parents ? Surely it’s better for a soap to show muliple possible reactions, which more realistically reflects life, than to show one extreme or the other ? Having said that though, I do realise that soaps don’t actually reflect real life, that they are just entertainment and made up.

      1. Everyone who comes out on the BBC has the same experience – a negative one. Many, many people come out these days without any adverse reactions at all. In fact the most negative thing that might be said is “you don’t seem like a gay at all”. And why is that? Perhaps because the BBC constantly shows gay male characters as sensitive types who love musicals? Why does the BBC always have to portray being gay as a problem?

  7. Here is a compilation of the storyline clips

    1. Good but it is missing the awkward scene in the Vic between Johnny and Danny after he says goodbye to Whitney. Also misses the bit where Whitney goes to give Johnny a quick goodbye kiss on the lips and he avoids it by kissing her on the cheek.

  8. Alex Russell 5 Jan 2014, 9:54pm

    Two complaints compared to the thousands of complaints received when Eastenders aired their last gay storyline shows a massive shift in BBC viewers’ opinions.

    1. Staircase2 7 Jan 2014, 4:20am

      Well said

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