Fans of Home and Away are questioning whether the show censored a gay storyline, after it ran romantic scenes involving a lesbian couple on New Zealand television, but cut the same moments from episodes aired in Australia.
While fans of the show in Australia have written on social media about their disappointment and confusion over the missing moments, Channel 7 said it accidentally aired the wrong versions of two episodes in Australia.
Alex Shillington covers queer pop culture on social media, and has written about the Home and Away characters, Alex Neilson and Willow Harris, who have become a new lesbian couple on the Channel 7 drama.
She said fans did not understand why the Australian audience did not see the full scenes between Alex and Willow.
“I would genuinely love for there to be a decent reason that is not them just censoring it,” she said.
But she said Channel 7’s explanation that it aired the wrong version of episodes “seems weird.”