UK BBC responds to complaints over CBBC show's same-sex kiss scene last minute news
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Breaking News ! The BBC has been faced with a series of complaints over a same-sex kiss scene in one of its CBBC shows. The broadcaster said it does not agree that the clip in The Next Step was “inappropriate for the audience age.” In the Canadian teen drama, which follows members of a competitive dance group, characters Jude and Cleo are captured taking their relationship to the next level with a kiss. The BBC said that the scene aired in the latest episode was “handled with sensitivity and without sensationalism.” 'CBBC regularly portrays heterosexual young people dating, falling in love, and kissing' (Image: BBC) A statement on its website read: “The decision to include this moment, as part of a longer storyline throughout series 7 which has been tracking the development of a romantic relationship between two of the characters, Jude and Cleo, was taken very carefully and with much consideration, and came about after CBBC and Boatrocker (the production company who make the show) acknowledged that the series could and should do more to reflect the lives of LGBTQ+ young people.” It continued: “This is an important part of our mission to make sure that every child feels like they belong, that they are safe, and that they can be who they want to be. Read More Related Articles Schools need ‘clarification’ on reopening amid rise in coronavirus cases, warns teachers' union Read More Related Articles Coronation Street's Maria Connor distracts viewers with mask-wearing blunder “We believe that the storyline, and the kiss, was, following as it did the portrayal of Jude & Cleo’s developing relationship and I’m afraid we do not agree that it was inappropriate for the audience age – CBBC regularly portrays heterosexual young people dating, falling in love, and kissing, and it is an important way of showing children what respectful, kind and loving relationships look like.” “At Children’s BBC, we are proud to reflect all areas of children’s lives across our factual and fictional output,” the BBC said. Homosexual relationships have previously featured in other CBBC shows including Jamie Johnson, 4 O Clock Club, Dixie and Marrying Mum and Dad.
. “This moment in The Next Step is merely one story among a myriad of voices and experiences across our output.” Meanwhile, some viewers took to Twitter to praise the BBC over the scene. One shared: "Absolutely incredible" while another posted: "The Next Step. CBBC. They did that. AAAAA" before a number of love heart emojis. The BBC is yet to confirm how many complaints the programme received.