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…


  1. Kyle says

    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.

  2. My2cents says

    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 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).

  3. says

    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 !

  4. ComeOnYo says

    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.

  5. Jerry6 says

    Alexander the Great and Hephasian are both “Turning over in their graves” over this. What has become of Greece? (I know; I know! Both were actually cremated,but the expression still has merit.)

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