Coronation Street received 66 official complaints for its episode featuring a lesbian tricking a man into having sex with her.
Kate Connor (Faye Brookes) was so desperate for a baby, she cheated on her fiancée Rana Nazir (Bhavna Limbachia) to try to get one.
In last night’s (17 December) episode, she tried to seduce Adam Barlow (Sam Robertson) and claimed to like men as well as women.
Kate lied to Adam and said: ‘Nobody’s interested in labels these days are they?’
The pair kiss, but Kate couldn’t hide her distaste for men. Adam quickly realized what she was up to and stopped it in its tracks.
When Rana eventually found out about Kate’s trick, she dumped her.
“You do what you need to do, but we’re over!”
— Coronation Street (@itvcorrie) December 17, 2018
Fans weren’t happy about the portrayal of the lesbian character and said the storyline ‘invalidates’ her longstanding sexuality.
One social media user wrote: ‘Not loving the lesbian tropes such as the one involving Kate’
Another tweeted: ‘[Kate] is not bi. She has been an apologetically lesbian character from day one on Coronation Street. Her sexuality is defined as a lesbian. Unfortunately Corrie chose to use that disgusting harmful trope.’
Gay Star News reached out to OfCom – the UK’s television and radio communications regulator. They confirmed they received a total of 66 complaints about last night’s episode.
A spokesperson told GSN: ‘We are assessing these complaints against our broadcasting rules, before deciding whether or not to investigate.’
Just last month, Kate and Rana proposed to each other in an adorable double-proposal.
— Coronation Street (@itvcorrie) November 5, 2018
Rana is the soap’s first muslim character who experiences same-sex attraction. At the beginning of the affair, she hid the romance from her parents.