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Cartoon Network features first gay characters, censors scene

By Sam Rigby


Cartoon Network has featured gay characters in one of its shows for the first time.

In a recent episode of Clarence, two men are seen greeting each other affectionately at a restaurant, but play no further part in the plot.

However, the brief scene – which is thought to be a first for the children’s television network – was subject to censorship.

The show’s voice actor and writer, Spencer Rothbell, confirmed on Twitter that the couple originally kissed on the lips, with one of the men giving flowers to his date.

He added later: “It’s such a minor throwaway moment but I guess it’s better than nothing. Maybe one day the main character can be gay and it won’t be a big deal.”

At the beginning of the year, Disney Channel featured its first gay characters – read more here.

Meanwhile, the director of The Expendables recently said that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in the series is gay – find out more here.

Watch the scene from Clarence below: