The Cartoon Network allegedly censored writers’ attempts to show a full-on kiss on the lips between two gay characters.
Even without the kiss, however, the animated show “Clarence” remains fairly controversial for the network.
In an episode called “Neighborhood Grill”, which was broadcast on Thursday, the two male characters kissed each other on the cheek as they greeted each other at a restaurant.
However, as the show’s writer, Spencer Rothbell, tweeted, the kiss on the cheek wasn’t what had originally been intended for the two characters.
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“Originally the guy had flowers and they kissed on the mouth,” Rothbell tweeted when a fan asked how hard it was to get a gay couple on the network.
Rothbell, who also voices the main character, has since made his tweets private.
“It’s such a minor throwaway moment but I guess it’s better than nothing,” Rothbell later posted on Tumblr. “Maybe one day the main character can be gay and it won’t be a big deal.”
The Cartoon Network hasn’t commented on what prompted it to make the changes to the scene.
In comparison, the Disney Channel featured its first-ever gay characters—a lesbian character in the penultimate episode of Good Lucky Charlie— in January.
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