American producer Shonda Rhimes has dismissed criticism about gay scenes in the hit new ABC drama How To Get Away With Murder.
A disgruntled ‘fan’ of the drama, and fellow ABC drama Scandal, took to Twitter to criticise the gay scenes contained within both. The ‘fan’ of the show tweeted ‘the gay scenes in scandal and how to get away with murder are too much. there is no point and they add nothing to the plot’.
Rhimes was having none of it and responded ‘There are no GAY scenes. There are scenes with people in them. The producer also added “If u use the phrase ‘gay scenes’, u are not only LATE to the party but also NOT INVITED to the party. Bye Felicia. #oneLOVE”
Peter Nowalk, the creator of How To Get Away With Murder, recently promised that the drama would push the boundaries when it came to depicting gay sex on broadcast television in America.
Several recent episodes of the drama have featured raunchy sex scenes involving the characters of Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) and Oliver (Conrad Ricamora). Broadcast networks in America (CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox and The CW) are often criticised for their lack of LGBT characters though in recent years the numbers have increased slightly.
How To Get Away With Murder launches on the Universal Channel on Wednesday 22nd October at 10pm in the UK. The Universal Channel is on Sky Channel 113 and Virgin Media channel 137.