The romance storyline between Billy and Todd on Coronation Street – whereby the new couple shared a steamy kiss on an episode – has caused more controversy online than any other episode in recent times.
The episode in question on the ITV soap saw Billy, played by Daniel Brocklebank, and Todd, played by Bruno Langley, share a passionate smooch in a boutique hotel on a romantic date. Though many straight couples kiss on the soap before the watershed, this same-sex instance caused a social media storm.
One user wrote a Twitter post which offended a great deal of people. Rob Davies – a former newspaper columnist – said after the episode: @itvcorrie Homosexual scenes in #Corrie tonight were sickening. Most now tolerate this practice but we dont need it rammed down our throats.
The Twitter user is still receiving a huge about of backlash for the comment, three days later.
He tweeted last night: Im about to get lynched if I dont get off Twitter – not by you lot this time, but my wife. Someone else speak up for the silent majority! while he also wrote this morning: I must do some work and I dont much wish to discuss that #Corrie episode any more. I think Ive said more than enough on it!
A majority of Twitter users have defended the homosexual scenes – and have continued to tweet this particular Corrie viewer on his opinion.
One person replied: @rjdavies7 The era of LGBT invisibility or us being discreet to accommodate loathsome bigots like you has long since passed thankfully before adding: And dont insult the public by claiming you represent the majority. In fact you and your bigoted ilk are a dwindling minority.
Meanwhile, actor Brocklebank acknowledged the abundance of support he has received after the scenes aired earlier this week.
Tweeting, he said: Today has been crazy!! Thanks to you guys, Im pleased to say Ive seen far more love than hate. Thank you. Youre amazing. #LoveWins.