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Brazilian soap opera airs country’s first ever gay sex scene (VIDEO)

Joe Williams July 18, 2016

A popular Brazilian telenovela has become the first to broadcast a sex scene between two male characters.

Liberdade Liberdade – which translates as Freedom Freedom – recently became Brazil’s first soap opera in the country’s history to air a gay sex scene.

The show is set in the 18th century and sees characters André, played by Caio Blat, and Tolentino, played by Ricardo Pereira, express their feelings for each other after months of tension between the pair.

The actors were to express their pride after the scene was praised by Brazil’s LGBT community.

“I am very happy to be representing this story,” said Blat. “It adds to the feeling of the show, addressing various forms of prejudice and discrimination.”

“This is a mature telenovela,” he added. “People realise these are contemporary issues that are being addressed in a historical context.”

Pereira went on to discuss the challenges faced by gay men in the time period.

“What they have for each other can be seen in the show,” he says. “A feeling that has been explored within [the confines] of what one could do in society at that time.

“The love that is there is beautiful and brings forth much what the show is about—the fight against prejudice, intolerance and for equality among all people.”

He described the passionate scene as “a climax — that explosion, that feeling. Something intense.”

“The sex of that time had a force, an emotion. Something almost animalistic.”

However, not everybody was impressed with the scene.

Members of Brazil’s Catholic community claimed that the show “wanted to take the devil into viewers’ homes,” claiming children’s mind may be “corrupted” – despite Liberdade Liberdade airing at 11pm.

A spokesperson from the Catholic church also called the scene “a sexual assault on the Brazilian family.”

BBC’s Eastenders also caused controversy last year – after airing a gay sex scene in a funeral parlour.

Watch the scene from Liberdade Liberdade below:

More: Brazil, Gay, LGBT, sex scene, soap opera, telenovela

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