Letter: Television content

Last updated 07:02 07/04/2014

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I would like to know in Shortland Street why overt lesbian kissing and displays of same-sex affection, one in an Emergency Department (their workplace), are allowed to be aired on TVNZ by Channel 2 at prime viewing time.

Any other programme that shows this sort of behaviour would come with some kind of parental warning about sexual content.

What disgusts me further is one of the characters changes her sexual mores nearly every episode. We don't need a programme that targets mainly teenagers, giving them confusing messages about sexual orientation. It's not the right of a broadcaster to establish the moral code of our society.

Steven Reid
Pleasant Point

Footnote: Shortland Street's producer, Simon Bennett, replied:

''We don't consider gestures of affection such as kissing and holding hands to be inappropriate for 7pm, which has a PGR timeslot. If Stephen Reid's complaint is based on the fact that the couple are same-sex, then I suggest that human rights laws and the recent marriage equality legislation would indicate that same-sex relationships are held in the same regard, legally and socially, as heterosexual relationships in this country.

''The character Nicole has been clearly established as a bisexual character from her first appearance on Shortland Street four years ago. Her ability to fall in love with and be attracted to both men and women will come as no surprise to regular viewers of the show.''

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- The Timaru Herald

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