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Greek State TV Cuts Gay Kiss from 'Downton Abbey'

Greek state television cut a gay kiss between the footman character Thomas and a visiting Duke on the British series Downton Abbey, angering viewers.

KissThe Guardian reports:

Greek people took to social networking sites including Twitter to complain about the NET channel's decision to axe a scene from episode one of the series showing a kiss between a visiting duke and Downton's unscrupulous footman Thomas. NET defended its move, citing parental guidance viewing rules.

"As incredible as it may seem for a democratic country in the 21st century, officials of the NET television channel censored the scene of a kiss between men from the TV drama Downton Abbey," the Syriza party said in a statement.

"This is of course an obvious case of censorship, an extreme act of homophobia and discrimination which unfortunately, after what has been happening recently, we cannot characterise as unprecedented."

The Syriza politician Dimitris Papadimoulis questioned in a tweet whether the omission was due to pressure from the far-right Golden (GD) Dawn party or religious authorities...

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  1. Please don't tempt me to make a comment about "Greek style!"

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 16, 2012 1:12:38 PM

  2. >" far-right Golden Dawn party or religious authorities"

    There is a difference?

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 16, 2012 1:16:02 PM

  3. two men kissing = bad.

    two men murdering each other, firing off guns and contributing to a culture of violence and desensitization? totes A-Ok.

    culture fail.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 16, 2012 1:21:17 PM

  4. God forbid they ever take a glance at any of their own antiquities.

    Posted by: Craig | Oct 16, 2012 1:21:18 PM

  5. Dear Kettle,

    You're Black.


    Posted by: thumper | Oct 16, 2012 1:23:56 PM

  6. Thinking of Ancient Greek history, gays and Greece today, a giant step back.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 16, 2012 1:36:09 PM

  7. Their country and society are falling apart (perhaps literally), unemployment is 27% and teenage unemployment is 53% with people eating out of garbage cans --- and they worry about this?

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 16, 2012 1:50:13 PM

  8. ...and by "this" I mean the kiss, not the censorship of it.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Oct 16, 2012 1:53:51 PM

  9. I don't get it. Isn't Greece supposed to be the country with a vast gay culture? Don't these people know their history?

    Posted by: Sarina | Oct 16, 2012 2:24:03 PM

  10. For the country/culture that "invented" man on man sex they sure have some F'in puckered up issues going on! WTF??!!

    Posted by: KevInPDX | Oct 16, 2012 2:30:48 PM

  11. For the country/culture that "invented" man on man sex they sure have some F'in puckered up issues going on! WTF??!!

    Posted by: KevInPDX | Oct 16, 2012 2:30:49 PM

  12. The censorship is bad and all, but, woot, there's to be a gay kiss (and hopefully relationship) in the next season of Downton Abby. That's my takeaway.

    Posted by: Kyle | Oct 16, 2012 2:31:13 PM

  13. I think they're going for the world irony record.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 16, 2012 2:32:41 PM

  14. Or was that from the first season? I assume Europe gets the new season before we do.

    Posted by: Kyle | Oct 16, 2012 2:33:46 PM

  15. @Kyle Season 3, ep5 was shown on Sunday here in the UK.

    Posted by: Sylvatica | Oct 16, 2012 2:38:56 PM

  16. Italy did the same.

    Posted by: calvin | Oct 16, 2012 2:51:54 PM

  17. Ditto in once freewheelingly democratic and liberal Philippines

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Oct 16, 2012 3:03:22 PM

  18. This is nothing new for Greek tv, which has acted as an extension of government and religious policy (in Greece, priests are on the gov't payroll)in supporting the status quo. Greek gays have seen an uptick of gay bashing, thanks to the rise of the fascist Golden Dawn party, which won a few seats in the Greek parliament in the last election.

    I recommend 10percent.gr as one source of reliable information on the gay scene in Greece, especially if you're planning to travel to Greece (use Language Tools for translation).

    Posted by: My2cents | Oct 16, 2012 3:34:45 PM

  19. Sweet mother of God !!!

    This $hit from a country that gave us the compulsory homosexuality of the Spartans, the valour of the lovers of the Sacred Band of Thebes, wiped out at Chaeronae and Alexander and Hephaistion modelling themselves on those eternal lovers Achilles and Patrocolus.

    And now Greece is getting homophobic ?
    Dudes, that ship has sailed !

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 16, 2012 4:30:21 PM

  20. Greeks...a gay kiss...Its just too easy to make a REALLY tacky comment. Have we really lost our gay sense of humor about things like this.

    Posted by: I wont grow up | Oct 16, 2012 4:36:45 PM

  21. Whenever they feel stressed of pressed, the nowadays Greeks get back to their natural state. That is, Turkish people who happened to be Christians. That's the only difference.

    Posted by: ComeOnYo | Oct 16, 2012 5:01:47 PM

  22. The homophobes of southern Europe should be kicked out of the Euro.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 16, 2012 5:39:17 PM

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