ABC Family's show "The Fosters," about a lesbian couple and their fostered and biological children, made headlines (and history) this week when two 13-year-old characters had a same-sex kiss. But some people are taking issue with the kiss, which some say is the youngest gay kiss in TV history, causing the show's creators to defend the scene.
As the Huffington Post reports, after some viewers took to Twitter to complain about the kiss, calling it a "sin" and "cultural suicide," co-creators Peter Paige and Bradley Bredeweg, defended the locking of lips between friends Jude (Hayden Byerly, 14) and Connor (Gavin MacIntosh, 15), in an interview with TheWrap.
"When people question the scene my response has been: 'Everyone has a first kiss and you remember it. How old were you?' Ninety percent of people who have an answer come back and say, 'I was 12, 13 and 14 years old,' and I say, 'Exactly. It was time to see this, time to put this up for the world,'" Bredeweg said. "Then people understand, they're able to wrap their heads around it."
"I would say it's very easy to balk at or sensationalize the headline, but it's hard to deny the truth or the integrity of the whole story," Paige added. "We are here to tell the true stories of what it is to grow up and these are true stories of what it is to grow up as a young, potentially gay person. It's the truth and that's all."
Byerly told the Daily Beast that, as a straight male, he initially had some hesitation about the kiss but added he later came to terms with it because he knew what kind of affect it could have on its viewers and LGBT people.
"It was very important to portray a character that is going through a struggle that so many people go through," he said. "I want people to watch the show and see the struggle that Jude goes though and feel more comfortable about themselves; to feel like it doesn't matter whether you are gay or straight or bisexual or transgender or whatever you are, that you are happy with who you are, and that you are accepting of yourself. My hope is that people watch the scene and they are happy to see something on television that represents them."
This isn't the first same-sex kiss TV viewers had a problem with recently. "Empire" co-creator Lee Daniels revealed that test audiences had issues with the gay kiss that took place during the first episode of the breakout Fox musical drama. Additionally, fans of "The Walking Dead" complained on Twitter when the show's new gay character kissed his boyfriend.
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