Coronation Street actor Daniel Brocklebank has responded to critics who slammed his gay kiss with co-star Bruno Langley on Monday night’s episode.
The duo, who play Billy Mayhew and Todd Grimshaw respectively, were seen sharing an embrace in a hotel room, reclining on the bed and kissing.
But some watching the popular ITV soap did not take kindly to the scene, with a number of viewers airing their disgust, one dubbing the exchange as “sickening”.
Another added that “Corrie producers have gone too far”.
Following the critical comments, Daniel responded on Twitter, defending the show and adding that he was “disgusted” by the backlash.
He wrote: “Had many angry tweets saying ‘I’m disgusted my kids saw men kiss on TV’. I’m disgusted they left it up TV to teach their kids how love works.”
He later added a conversation that played out between himself and his mother, writing: “Mum: See you’ve educated/annoyed the bigots again. Me: It’d seem so. Mum: I’m proud. How funny they choose the term ‘gag’ or ‘rammed down throat’.”
Daniel had previously tweeted: “So many lovely, supportive & hilarious tweets about tonight’s @itvcorrie!
Plus only a few from the homophobes! Maybe we’re winning a little.”
Fans of the show also responded during its broadcast, defending the scene against the nay-sayers.
Had many angry tweets saying "I'm disgusted my kids saw men kiss on tv"
I'm disgusted they left it up tv to teach their kids how love works— Daniel Brocklebank (@Dan_Brocklebank) September 5, 2016
Mum: See youve educated/annoyed the bigots again
Me: Itd seem so
Mum: Im proud. How funny they choose the term "gag" or "rammed down throat"— Daniel Brocklebank (@Dan_Brocklebank) September 6, 2016
One wrote: “All the homophobes complaining about #Corrie not even realising the show was created by a gay man.”
Another added: “Good on ITV for showing something normal and appropriate to society today!”
Representatives for both Daniel and Coronation Street have been contacted for comment.
So many lovely, supportive & hilarious tweets about tonight's @itvcorrie!
Plus only a few from the homophobes! Maybe we're winning a little.— Daniel Brocklebank (@Dan_Brocklebank) September 5, 2016