Barrowman’s Bonks in Torchwood Touch Viewers’ Nerves
On a recent article in Metro, John Barrowman has responded to some viewers’ negative criticism on the current gay sex scenes in Torchwood’s new series, Miracle Day.
Speaking of the received criticism, John said:
‘When you watch Torchwood there is a warning at the very beginning that some scenes may offend or disturb people. So if you allow your children to sit and watch it with you that’s your responsibility, not ours any more.’ – John Barrowman
Of course, Barrowman is utterly correct. The warning given at the beginning of each programme is concise and easy to understand, so unless you are severely lacking in common sense or you are four years old then it’s not exactly difficult. But hang on a second, Torchwood is shown after the watershed, at the sensible time of 9pm – can I be so bold to ask as to why your children are even awake at this time, or are even watching stimulating television instead of being read to in their beds?
The average 11-year-old has already had sex education – probably even had sex, if you’re looking at today’s current climate, and may even be experiencing feelings towards both sexes. Trust me, they know about the gays.
The average 8-year-old should have already gone to bed at this time; I was in bed by half past 7!
The problem here doesn’t concern the children, it revolves around the parents embarrassment, as John says:
‘They were just embarrassed because it put them in a position where they had to explain things to their kids or their family which probably should have been explained a long time ago.’
The most frustrating thing is that viewers didn’t complain about the concept of the show: man-made people burning ovens, torture and so on. Yeah, you definitely got your priorities right there didn’t you?
No wonder violence and crime rates are so high.
Now I consider myself as ‘desensitized’ to violence in films and television shows, but what was shown in Torchwood horrified me, simply because it felt so realistic. It stuns me to think that with such an open-minded culture and society, we still cannot get past the homosexual scenes on television.
Let me throw a spanner into the works – would you be so traumatized and angry if two women were on the screen having a bit of rumpy-bumpy? Can I remind you of the earlier Torchwood series with Tosh and her midnight rumblings with women? Or are you just annoyed because it’s John Barrowman, a family television presenter?
Being gay isn’t a disability, so stop being embarrassed by homosexuality; your kids aren’t.
Posted on September 17, 2011, in News, Television Shows and tagged Children, Gay sex scenes, homosexuality, John Barrowman, news, parenting, Sex, Torchwood, violence. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.