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May 28, 2009

Prattle sweep time again!

by Feòrag

United Kingdom: How long before the superstitionists complain about this? I'm going for before the programme is even broadcast.

EastEnders is to tackle one of the last taboos left in soap, with a storyline featuring a Muslim character embarking on a gay love affair.

MediaGuardian.co.uk can reveal that the plot, which will hit screens in mid-June, will see Syed Masood, a Muslim property developer with a girlfriend who arrived in Albert Square six weeks ago, fall for openly gay Christian Clarke. The pair will share an on-screen kiss.

The BBC has billed the storyline as a traditional love affair, albeit with a modern multicultural twist.

Extra bonus points if the Daily Mail declares this to be explicit gay sex, or similar.

EastEnders: Muslim character to have gay love affairThe Guardian, 28th May 2009.

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Posted in Censorship and Pooves and closet cases and Popular Culture at 17:16. Last modified on May 28 2009 at 18:36.
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1: Posted by: SimonC | May 29, 2009 10:24 AM

Plus those of us lucky enough to work for TV listings magazines will probably catch quite a lot of fall-out - when EastEnders had a lesbian storyline a few years ago, some of my colleagues got a torrent of copy-and-paste complaints from Christian Voice's mailing list, along with the odd death threat.

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