Thursday, 11 August 2011

BBC Complaints Torchwood Miracle Day Inappropriate Sexual Content

Complaint : The BBC received complaints from some viewers who feel it is inapproprate to show gay sex in Torchwood.

BBC's response: We have strict Editorial Guidelines which govern the content of our programmes, and Torchwood is no exception. These clearly state:

"In all BBC output the portrayal of sex, or the exploration of sexual issues, should be editorially justified and treated with appropriate sensitivity. In post-watershed content, we must be able to justify the frank and realistic portrayal of sex and the exploration of themes and issues which some people might find offensive."

Captain Jack Harkness is an established character in the series. We felt the content was justified in terms of the context and character and would be within the expectations of regular viewers. We aim to depict relationships whether heterosexual or homosexual in an honest and realistic way. These scenes are not meant to cause offense.


Speaking as a 47 year-old Heterosexual male, the amount of gay sex in the BBC transmitted version of Torchwood Miracle Day has been minimal. Although I am not offended by such, or wish to watch it either, it is who Jack Harkness is. I'm wondering if Eve Miles went topless would there have been the same complaints? (I can dream :) )


KORSAIR1 said...

I'm surprised it took this long for the complaints to start but let's be honest we see worse on the likes of Hollyoaks (according to my 16 year old grandaughter) on a weekly basis and that's before the watershed

Link said...

I hadn't been upset about it, it's Jack, what would you expect?
There were more homosexual content in the last 2 series, and it wasn't horrible or anything. Hell, it even make me wonder what I was :O

The Forgotten Tales said...

Good lord ... Seriously people! Get over it! So what if they showed gay sex - its a part of life and if people can't handle that then stop watching the show. I'm a hetro- woman and I was actually delighted to see some open sexuality in a show for once.... Its the 21st century, people, not the 1960s.

deadmanstar said...

I really didn't see what the big deal was. I'm straight and I know Jack is gay so when I heard there was a gay scene I expected something worst. Nothing was really shown even in the US version for more then a minute.

RabidPuppyDesign said...

i thought the BBC cut the sex out completly to boycot this exact situation?

As a Gay man i find it a little offensive and pathetic, the show has had alot of gay...publicity if you will.. and no one has really made a to-do about it before to my knowledge,

everyones probobly bitching just cus you saw Jacks arse!!

astrotoyboy said...

totally agree with what Forgotten Tales is saying here, people are people-whether hetro or homo sexual. who cares if he is having sex with a guy, the character is a multi-sexual person (see previous dr who episodes b4 torchwood too)if ppl are too narrow minded to see past gender, then they need to grow up and get some kind of life for themselves.

RabidPuppyDesign said...

Its very low res combom, but heres a boob shot of Eve lol

Bradley said...

There is a pretty rude Photoshop picture of Eve Myles on Google Images :D