Courtney Crane, The Herald Sun, reports
Long-running soap Neighbours has won praise from viewers for finally featuring its first male gay kiss in an episode last night. But is it necessarily justified?
It has it taken 27 years of airtime for producers to man up and tackle the taboo subject, but last night, two male characters shared their first on-screen kiss.
The scene at a house party featured openly gay character Chris Pappas (James Mason) locked in a passionate dance floor kiss with on-screen boyfriend Aidan Foster, played by former Home and Away actor Bob Morley.
Neighbours faced a backlash from talkback callers and conservative groups when a lesbian kiss between schoolgirls Lana Crawford (Bridget Neval) and Sky Mangel (Stephanie McIntosh) aired in 2004, but last night there was praise for the plot from viewers on Facebook and Twitter.
"Well done to @james_mason15 for showing its ok to be gay. Be proud", tweeted one fan.
There was little build-up to the brief and relatively low-key scene, which stayed true to promises by executive producer Susan Bower to treat the kiss like any other on the show.
''It's not sensationalist or token - we are very proud of the way we have done this,'' she said.