Downton Abbey became a political hot potato in Greece this week when public broadcaster NET cut a Season 1 scene in which scheming footman Thomas Barrow kisses a visiting duke. The country’s main opposition party, Syriza, released a statement calling the omission “an obvious case of censorship, an extreme act of homophobia and discrimination which unfortunately, after what has been happening recently, we cannot characterize as unprecedented.” The Downton controversy comes days after members of Parliament from the right-wing Golden Dawn party clashed with Athens police while protesting a showing of the Terrence McNally play Corpus Christi, which depicts Jesus and the Apostles as gay. NET contends the Downton scene was not censored and instead says it was removed to comply with parental guidance warnings when it premiered Monday at 10:05 PM. The full episode is understood to have aired last night at 1:15 AM.
Greek Public Broadcaster Cuts ‘Downton Abbey’ Gay Kiss; Political Outrage Ensues
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