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'It's a Sin' Director 'Outraged' by 'Shock' Over Gay Sex Scenes

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday February 15, 2021
Originally published on February 11, 2021

Director Peter Hoar is "outraged" and calling out the pearl-clutchers "shocked" by gay sex in his new series "It's a Sin," Digital Spy reports.

"It's a Sin" has received widespread praise for its storyline following a group of young gay friends in the 1980s whose lives are impacted by the AIDS epidemic. That said, a controversial British tabloid believed to be The Sun published an article, Hoar explains, that "basically, it started off by saying viewers were 'shocked' — and then it went to the 'Bridgerton' thing, and it was like 'How much great sex is this?'" Hoar said the paper's headline has since been changed — and it appears as though the content has, as well.

Hoar explains that the inclusion of gay sex scenes is necessary because the story is about an epidemic that impacted the lives of many LGBTQ people. "I'm not going to worry about how people feel about the sex because this is our sex, and this is the way it is," he said. "How can you show the story of men having a life they loved, and dying from it, if you don't show that sex?"

On a related note, from a medical standpoint, Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said in an interview with NPR that in order to understand the impact and transmission of HIV/AIDS at the height of the epidemic, it was necessary to conduct research up close, in San Francisco and New York City gay bathhouses.

None of the shocked responses to "It's a Sin" will be particularly surprising for LGBTQ people, however. That gay sex scenes in "It's a Sin" are still a source of controversy when heterosexual sex scenes in "Bridgerton" remain titillating and celebrated speaks to the prevalence of heteronormativity in society.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.