Exclusive: It's a Sin director "outraged" by backlash to gay sex scenes

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Photo credit: Channel 4

From Digital Spy

Russell T Davies' It's a Sin has been a huge hit for Channel 4, and its moving story has enthralled viewers in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond. Not everyone has welcomed the series and its authentic portrayal of queer relationships with open arms, though.

Alongside It's a Sin's (deserved) praise exists a quiet chorus of 'outrage' and pearl-clutching. Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, director Peter Hoar has addressed media coverage of the drama, calling one particular report "appalling".

The article in question first appeared in a tabloid, in which the paper claimed that some viewers were shocked by It's a Sin's inclusion of gay sex. The original headline has since been tweaked.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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"Outraged," Hoar said. "They've now edited the headline. That's all I've seen. I don't want to look at the paper, because they probably get a little hit if I do that."

Reflecting on the report's change of tone, he added: "Basically, it started off by saying viewers were 'shocked' – and then it went to the Bridgerton thing, and it was like, 'How much great sex is this?'

"I think it was literally a day later, two days later [that the headine changed]. Because the writer had been given a lot of stick. And I have no sympathy for them whatsoever."

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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Telling us about his own personal response to those who have criticised the series' depiction of sex, Hoar said he doesn't "worry".

"I'm not going to worry about how people feel about the sex because this is our sex, and this is the way it is," he said. "How can you show the story of men having a life they loved, and dying from it, if you don't show that sex?"

Fortunately, much of the coverage of It's a Sin has been overwhelmingly positive. So much so that Channel 4 recently revealed that the series had clocked up 6.5 million views on its catch-up platform All 4 – making it the biggest ever instant box set.

The first series of It's a Sin is now available to stream in its entirety on All 4, or you can catch it weekly on Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4.

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