Dot Branning homophobia shocks EastEnders fans as Colin Russell returns
Viewers saw another side to the beloved character as Lord Michael Cashman returned to the soap.
Colin – who was the BBC soap’s first ever gay character – was last seen in Walford in 1989, striking up strong friendships with a number of Albert Square’s residents during his time on the show.
One of his strongest friendships was with fan favourite Dot Cotton – however, their overdue reunion was not as happy as some fans may have hoped for.
During last night’s episode of the show, Dot revealed to Sonia Fowler – who is also a lesbian – that she would be attending a friend’s wedding because it wasn’t “right”.
“I’ve been invited to a friend’s wedding. I can’t go. I want to go but it isn’t right. They shouldn’t be getting married,” Dot said.
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Although Sonia encouraged Dot to attend her friend’s big day, the devout Christian said she could not.
“Look, I got an invitation and I thought about it and I decided no and I don’t want to talk about it anymore,” Dot explained.
Fans were initially confused by Dot’s refusal, until Colin arrived at her house – having left his wedding to bring Dot to the celebrations.
“Hello Dot. I had a feeling you might not turn up unless I came for you,” he said.
Despite Dot becoming a confidante of many of the show’s characters in recent years – offering a shoulder to cry on and wise words of advice – this isn’t the first June Brown’s alter ego has been guilty of homophobia.
When she first discovered that Colin was gay and living with a man, Dot started a rumour that he had AIDS, before the pair formed a strong friendship.
She has since formed a series of strong friendships with the soap’s various LGBT characters – leaving viewers shocked by her recent behaviour.
The storyline continues tonight on BBC1 at 8pm.