Sitcom co-creator Schitt’s Creek has slammed Comedy Central India for cutting footage of him kissing another man in a published scene.
Dan Levy said that “gay privacy censorship” made a “harmful statement” against his show’s inclusiveness message.
The channel posted the clip to Twitter last March to promote the show’s fifth season housewarming episode.
Comedy Central India has yet to respond, but its American parent company posted a gif of the kiss in question.
The housewarming episode features a Spin the Bottle game in which various characters dare to kiss each other.
In the clip posted to Comedy Central India’s Twitter feed, the moment Ted (Dustin Milligan) kisses Levy’s character David has been cut.
It was the only kiss to be removed from the stage, which also features two women kissing and a woman kissing a man.
“You showed the kiss between two women, you showed the kiss between a woman and a man, then removed the kiss between two men?” wrote Levy on Twitter.
“It’s a show about the power of inclusiveness. Gay privacy censorship makes a nefarious statement against this post. ”
After posting his initial post, Dan Levy returned to Twitter add: “For those who are confused, this is a channel in India. He said the American iteration of the channel had always been “charming and respectful.”
The row follows the staggering number of accolades that the sixth and final season Schitt’s Creek received at last month’s Emmy Awards.
The show, which Levy created with his actor father Eugene, tells the story of a family who moved to a motel in a small town after losing their fortune.
The Canadian sitcom was lauded for its portrayal of LGBTQ + people, including the character of Dan Levy and her boyfriend Patrick.
It also gave a significant boost to the actual motel that doubles for the show’s fictional Rosebud establishment.
It was reported this week that the motel owner is now looking to sell the seven-acre property in Orangeville, Ont.
“This is a special property for us and I would really like it to continue as a tribute to Rosebud and Schitt’s Creek,” said owner Jesse Tipping.
“He has potential and I want to see this piece of Canadian history breathe new life. “
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