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My experience of living in both the UK and Australia is that sadly Australia is a little more homophobic than the UK.... not overtly so..... but there is an unspoken undercurrent..... It's also rumoured that the network's don't like it ....as they kept the wraps on other gay actors "coming out" because they were terrified it would affect their precious ratings. The mere fact that someone has to "come out" speaks volumes really... one should not have to... until we have a society where sexuality is not questioned but is accepted ... and where people are free to be who and what they are without prejudice then we can not really call ourselves equal or free.

A friend of mine is planning to move out to Australia. He has lived there before and he seems to think that there is a bit of a homophobic vibe. However, I think the makers of Home and Away can be a bit scared when it comes to portraying gay males. The only example I can think of was Christpher and I think that was quite badly handled.

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My experience of living in both the UK and Australia is that sadly Australia is a little more homophobic than the UK.... not overtly so..... but there is an unspoken undercurrent..... It's also rumoured that the network's don't like it ....as they kept the wraps on other gay actors "coming out" because they were terrified it would affect their precious ratings. The mere fact that someone has to "come out" speaks volumes really... one should not have to... until we have a society where sexuality is not questioned but is accepted ... and where people are free to be who and what they are without prejudice then we can not really call ourselves equal or free.

A friend of mine is planning to move out to Australia. He has lived there before and he seems to think that there is a bit of a homophobic vibe. However, I think the makers of Home and Away can be a bit scared when it comes to portraying gay males. The only example I can think of was Christpher and I think that was quite badly handled.

It's not that they're scared, it's that they can't tackle the issue properly because of the show's timeslot. They've tried it before with Christopher and also with Shannon (Isla Fisher's character, who had a relationship with another woman and subsequently left the bay with her), but they had to skirt around it so much that it wasn't really worth it. I'm not even sure they were allowed to use the word 'gay'. If they were it certainly wasn't emphasized - but I suppose that was the point, as they had to do it without it being too explicit for younger viewers.

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The word gay was mentioned quite a lot of times during Christopher's storyline. I always understood that the UK are stricter than Australia about what can be said at what broadcast time. I found it strange that Pippa, a very experienced foster carer, woudl find the issue quite so difficult to deal with(!)

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The word gay was mentioned quite a lot of times during Christopher's storyline. I always understood that the UK are stricter than Australia about what can be said at what broadcast time. I found it strange that Pippa, a very experienced foster carer, woudl find the issue quite so difficult to deal with(!)

Thanks for that, like I said I wasn't sure. I must admit I always thought that it was Australia who were the strict ones about censorship... :unsure: For example, using the word 'rape' on uk tv at 6pm (the uk timeslot) wouldn't be a problem, but the Australians vetoed it. Either way, they obviously can't handle some issues as frankly as they need to. Hopefully things will change over time. For the moment, however, if they can't do the storylines justice I'd rather they didn't attempt them at all.

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It could be just me, but isn't it just a little bit too extreme if they have a restriction on when they are allowed to use the word "gay"?! That's like saying it's a bad word or something.

But then again I come from a country where you pretty much use any word at any time of the day. I think the only restrictions here are like nudity when it is in a clearly sexual setting (for example it's okay if there just happens to be a naked person in a non-sexual setting) and not showing like horror movies or something before 6 o'clock. I think they have to show things that are rated 15+ after either 6 or 8.30, and they usually mention that the clip contains explicit scenes of some kind if it's like something on the news or something. I don't really know, cause I don't really think we have a lot of restrictions.

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It could be just me, but isn't it just a little bit too extreme if they have a restriction on when they are allowed to use the word "gay"?! That's like saying it's a bad word or something.

They were allowed to use the word 'gay', I just couldn't remember them doing it! Sorry... *sheepish look*

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