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Daniel Levy calls out Comedy Central India for ‘censoring gay intimacy’ on Schitt’s Creek

Daniel Levy slammed TV channel Comedy Central India for removing a kissing scene between his character David and actor Dustin Milligan's Ted from one of the episodes of Schitt's Creek's fifth season.

By: PTI | Mumbai | Updated: October 7, 2020 9:32:27 pm
Daniel Levy, schitt's creekDaniel Levy and his father, actor Eugene Levy have created the Canadian television sitcom Schitt's Creek. (Photo: Daniel Levy/Instagram)

Daniel Levy, the star and co-creator of popular comedy show Schitt’s Creek, has criticised TV channel Comedy Central India for apparently censoring a kiss scene between two male characters from an episode of the multiple Emmy Award-winning series.

Levy took to Twitter on Tuesday and retweeted a post from March 19, 2019, on the channel’s page on the microblogging site.

Last year, Comedy Central India had shared a three-minute-long clip on Twitter from one of the episodes of the show’s fifth season.

But apparently, a kissing scene between Levy’s character David and actor Dustin Milligan’s Ted had been edited from the clip.

Levy slammed the channel for removing the kiss, while retaining other kissing scenes, between Emily Hampshire’s Stevie and Annie Murphy’s Alexis from the same sequence.

“You showed the kiss between two women, you showed the kiss between a woman and a man, then removed the kiss between two men?

“This is a show about the power of inclusivity. The censorship of gay intimacy is making a harmful statement against that message. #LoveIsLove,” the 37-year-old actor tweeted.

The Canadian television sitcom, created by Daniel Levy and his father, actor Eugene Levy, follows the trials and tribulations of the formerly wealthy Rose family when they are forced to relocate to Schitt’s Creek, a rundown small town they once purchased as a joke.

While it wasn’t known how a year-old tweet came to his attention, hours later Levy clarified that his post was directed towards the Indian arm of the channel and not the American one.

“I thought I made this pretty clear but for those who are confused, this is about a channel in India. @ComedyCentral in America is not censoring the show. They have been lovely and respectful. Thank you for your time,” he added.

When contacted for a comment, no immediate response was available from the channel.

Last month, Schitt’s Creek made a clean sweep in the comedy category at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, with seven big wins.

Read | A sweep for Schitt’s Creek, Succession tops Emmy Awards

The show bagged trophies in the outstanding comedy series, lead actor and actress for Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, and supporting actor and actress for Daniel Levy and Murphy.

Schitt’s Creek was also awarded the honour in the writing and directing categories, making it the first series to win all the top prizes in the section.

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