In Season 1 of “Downton Abbey,” gay footman Thomas shares a kiss with the Duke of Crowborough, an aristocrat with whom Thomas had been having a secret romance. U.K. paper The Guardian is reporting that the kiss was edited out of the Greek television broadcast on the NET channel.
The Syriza party, which is Greece’s liberal political organization, says in a statement, “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.’ 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.”
Greek state TV has said the kiss was not censored but edited out to comply with rules of the time slot and parental consent label given to the show, which was aired at 10 p.m. local time Monday (Oct. 15). It said an unedited version would be broadcast later on Tuesday night.
Costas Spyropoulos, managing director of the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation says, “The love affair between the two men … was not censored. The kiss was not shown because of the time the program was broadcast and the corresponding parental guidance warnings.”
What do you think, “Downton” fans? Censorship? What does it say that a gay kiss goes against parental guidance warnings — we wonder if there the same warnings for kisses between straight couples on TV in Greece?