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Daily Reads: Cartoon Network Under Fire Over Gay Sex Scene Censorship

Daily Reads: Cartoon Network Under Fire Over Gay Sex Scene Censorship

Cartoon Network is receiving major backlash from around the world after their European division censored episodes of the show in the United Kingdom featuring two female characters who share a kiss. The episode, titled “We Need to Talk,” was edited so that the two characters would not be shown kissing, instead cutting to a male character watching as he plays guitar. In the U.S. version of the episode, the characters’ kiss was on full display. 

In the days since the episode aired, an online petition has garnered massive attention, with over 4,000 signatures and counting. For more on this Cartoon Network controversy, click the link from The Independent below. Check out more LGBT-related stories making waves around the internet in the additional stories listed.

Steven Universe: Cartoon Network censor same sex scene in UK version of show

However, according to reports the network’s European division has decided to censor one of the episodes in the UK, removing a scene in which two female characters kiss. The scene in question, which takes place in the episode ‘We Need To Talk’, has caused outrage online, with a petition having been started entitled ‘End Homophobic Censorship of Steven Universe’. It has been signed by over 4,000 people as of the 7 January. – Jack Shepherd, The Independent

‘Carol’ Producer Christine Vachon And Writer Phyllis Nagy On The Politics Of A Modern Love Story

Screenwriter Phyllis Nagy, a playwright who spent nearly 20 years fighting to see the movie made, agrees the film’s appeal is wider than the gay and lesbian community and its allies, adding that she believes the buzz surrounding the movie has negated any early attempts to pigeonhole the film. – Alex Garofalo, International Business Times

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Coinciding with Aspen Gay Ski Week — the largest annual gay and lesbian ski party — Logo is prepping a week of specials, including the network’s “New Now Next Honors,” which will be hosted by Margaret Cho. Logo’s Ski Week-centric TV slate marks the first time in the Aspen event’s 40-year history that at-home viewers can catch a glimpse of the happenings. The specialized programming is a natural fit for Logo’s current lifestyle content geared toward LGBT audiences. – Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety

Viceland: Spike Jonze, Ellen Page Tease New Cable Channel

And Page’s Gaycation explores, as she puts it, “what it means to be LGBT all around the world.” One episode, which was teased in the Vice reel and in an extensive New York Times Magazine profile, will feature the Hollywood starlet-turned-lesbian activist going toe-to-toe with Republican presidential nominee Ted Cruz on LGBT issues at an Iowa state fair. – Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter

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