8 August 2020

UNITED KINGDOM: BBC shows lesbian kissing on children’s TV series

The UK public broadcaster showed a kiss between two teenagers in “The Next Step”, programming that is aimed at children from the age of six.

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UNITED KINGDOM: BBC shows lesbian kissing on children’s TV series

The Next Step, a teen drama series produced in Canada that follows the stories of aspiring young dancers, featured a lesbian kiss between teen actresses Dani Verayo and Molly Sanders in an episode aired last week.

The media spoke out

Such a programme was broadcast under the CBBC brand, which according to the BBC is for children aged 6 to 15 in the UK.

The nation’s media responded to the event, praising the scene as a “sign of hope for breaking down even more barriers in television.

A BBC spokesperson told The Metro that “CBBC is proud to reflect all areas of children’s lives, including the age-appropriate portrayal of same-sex relationships, in all factual and fictional productions.

Also, the British newspaper The Mirror stated that “BBC producers are working to serve the LGBTQ+ community and provide representation in their programmes”.

During the year In 2018, the BBC said it wanted LGBT characters to be seen twice as often on TV as in real life in the next two years.

More people praised the scene

The kissing scene among the lesbian teens was also praised by Stonewall, an LGBT activist organization in the UK, which is roughly equivalent to the US Human Rights Campaign. Stonewall encourages British primary schools to incorporate the issues and examples of gays, lesbians and transgender people into all areas and levels of education.

Eloise Stonborough, Stonewall’s head of policy and research, detailed the scene as “an exciting time for LGBT acting” and noted that “acting can help LGBT young people understand each other, relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans characters and improving understanding of what it means to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, which helps everyone be more receptive.

Public Funding

The BBC is funded by British public money, and all children under 75 who watch live television or download BBC programmes online are obliged to buy a “television licence” for £157.50 a year, with fines of up to £1,000 for failure to pay the licence fee.

The fee is set by the UK government and those who watch television without a licence can be imprisoned if they refuse to pay their fines.

Over the past few years, there has been an increase in requests from the British public to fund the BBC, and many question that the licensing system imposed by the government, which financially supports the organization, is old.

The BBC has also faced progressive criticism for what many think is a liberal bias in its reporting and for the size of its employees’ salaries.