It's A Sin star Lydia West responds to sex scene backlash

Sam Warner
·2-min read
Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

From Digital Spy

It's A Sin star Lydia West has responded to the backlash against the show's sex scenes, admitting there is "still just so much work to be done".

Despite the acclaimed Russell T Davies series' positive portrayal of gay sex and relationships, a minority of viewers decided to be 'outraged' by the show's more explicit scenes.

Lydia, who portrays Jill Baxter, has opened up about the backlash, noting how there is still sadly a lot of discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in 2021.

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

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"What's interesting is that sex at the time was so liberating and so fun and people were living their truth, having sex and having a great time," she told the Make It Reign podcast.

"Then suddenly the vocabulary that was associated with sex was AIDS and that carried on through the 90s and into the 00s...

"I think it just shows just how much work there is still to do on banishing homophobia, transphobia, bi-phobia that's out there. There's still just so much work to be done. That is very much the jobs of allies to do."

Photo credit: Channel 4
Photo credit: Channel 4

Related: It's a Sin director Peter Hoar on censorship, authenticity, and *that* sex controversy

Director Peter Hoar recently spoke to Digital Spy about the media coverage of the show, noting one particularly "appalling" tabloid report, which claimed some viewers were shocked by It's A Sin's portrayal of gay sex (the original headline has since been tweaked).

"Outraged," he 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."

He added: "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. How can you show the story of men having a life they loved, and dying from it, if you don't show that sex?"

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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