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Dan Levy Clarifies Comedy Central India's Censorship of 'Schitt's Creek' Gay Kiss

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday December 1, 2020

The cast of 'Schitt's Creek'
The cast of 'Schitt's Creek'  (Source:Pop TV via AP)

Dan Levy has clarified the controversy over a censored "Schitt's Creek" gay kiss, Out reports.

As EDGE reported in October, the "Schitt's Creek" star initially responded to what he thought was the removal of a kiss between two men in the show prior to its airing by Comedy Central in India. Levy tweeted at the time, "You showed the kiss between two women, you showed the kiss between a woman and a man, then removed the kiss between two men? This is a show about the power of inclusivity. The censorship of gay intimacy is making a harmful statement against that message."

In a new cover feature interview with Levy and his father Eugene for Entertainment Weekly, Dan clarifies that the same-sex male kiss was removed from the promo only:

"For me, it was a responsibility to investigate and get to the bottom of what was going on. There's a community of people that have really rallied around the show and found a sense of safety and security in it. I was very relieved to learn that the scene wasn't cut out of the show itself but rather the promo, but I think it's an important lesson to learn in terms of censorship of any kind. It was necessary to call it out. As one of the gatekeepers of the show, you can't just turn a blind eye to something like that when you made the conscious choice to make a show about inclusivity."

When EW pointed out the edits to the Elton John fantasy biopic "Rocketman," Levy said "as a gay person I felt like, what is going on here? It raises a fundamental question about the price of integrity when it comes to the work that you're making and how sometimes in this industry money talks in ways that overrides the intention of what is being made."

Elsewhere in the interview, Levy and his father discuss the control they will have over "Schitt's Creek" as it goes into syndication, as well as current and future projects — the elder Levy teases "spin-offs or movies or specials" related to the hit series — and their experience of this year's Emmy night, and more.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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