Good Morning Britain ‘gay cure’ segment breaks Ofcom complaints record
Ofcom received record-breaking levels of complaints about a segment on Good Morning Britain featuring a gay ‘cure’ therapist.
On September 5, the ITV daytime show aired a discussion between host Piers Morgan, Liverpool Echo journalist Josh Parry and gay cure ‘therapist’ Dr Michael Davidson.
On the show, Dr Davidson explained that he has a thriving business attempting to ‘cure’ desperate gay people, saying: “in the last year I’m seeing up to 14 a week, many of them are in therapy for up to two years.”.
LGBT groups condemned the segment for irresponsibly giving a platform to gay ‘cure’ therapy, which has been disavowed by every psychiatric and medical body in the country and is banned on the NHS.
It has emerged that the episode attracted a total of 1121 complaints to broadcast regulator Ofcom, breaking records for the most complaints this year.
Ofcom recorded a total of 672 complaints about the episode based on ‘Sexual orientation discrimination/offence’, while a further 449 complaints were attracted on the grounds of ‘Due impartiality/bias’.
The record levels of complaints pass the 663 complaints attracted by an episode of Britain’s Got Talent earlier this year in which Amanda Holden wore a revealing dress.
It also passes the Comic Relief telethon, which earned 340 complaints after comic Russell Brand swore before the watershed.
The Good Morning Britain segment was widely condemned by LGBT activists.
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