John Barrowman on Torchwood’s Sex Scene Controversy
When the news that a love scene between Captain Jack Harkness and another man in an episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day would be edited for the BBC airing, several fans cried foul and British actor John Barrowman found himself in the center of a growing controversy.
The British press quickly jumped on the story and The Sun claimed Borrowman was at odds with the BBC over the tamer version of the scene.
Barrowman took the time to set the record straight at San Digo Comic-Con last week during the Torchwood: Miracle Day Panel. “The Sun took an interview I did four or five months ago talking about putting sex into the program and how it fits in, and they took quotes and made it sound like I was disagreeing with the BBC,” Barrowman said. “The controversy that was raised was raised by a newspaper that didn’t know what it was talking about.”
Turns out Barrowman supported the BBC’s decision to water down the scene due to the fact that the network plays to a much broader audience in the UK than the Starz network does in the US. “Some young kids are going to watch Torchwood, and if they’re sitting watching it with their parents, it might make it a little uncomfortable,” Barrowman said. “The parents might click off. So in order to stop that from happening, we’ve just taken a snippet off the end of it. You still get a good chunk of it. It’s not that we’re taking it away. It’s not that it was, ‘Oh my God, we can’t show sex between two men,” He said. “There’s not very much cut out. It’s hot, too. That’s what nice about it. It’s super-hot.”
Barrowman also went on to say that he was happy with both versions of the episode because the inclusion of gay romance is important and something the actor says he wished he’d been exposed to growing up. “If I were a young man growing up and saw that on television, to know that there is romance out there for me, it might’ve made things — not that I had a difficult growing up — but in the ’70s and ’80s, it might’ve changed a lot of things earlier for me.”