British TV network 4Music has responded after editing queer content out of Schitt’s Creek, chalking it up to human error, not homophobia.
Last month, a Twitter user alerted series creator/star Dan Levy that dialogue between Levy’s character David and his on-screen boyfriend Patrick (Noah Reid) had mysteriously vanished from the 4Music broadcast.
“4Music showed Schitt’s Creek with cut dialogue between David and Patrick. “…to sleep with me or whatever” is just missing,” they tweeted. “But their kiss is there. And episodes earlier talk of Moira sleeping with Roland remains.”
That prompted a response — and threat to continue raising hell — from Levy:
“Is this true, @4Music? Censoring kissing and intimate dialogue?” Levy tweeted, adding: “Also, I will be retweeting this every day until I get a response. So…”
The network’s official Twitter account quickly responded, calling it “100% human error.”
“We do often edit shows for different time slots and David’s kiss with Jake was inadvertently lost from the episode that we played,” they wrote. “This will be sorted for all future broadcasts of this episode.”
A Channel 4 spokesperson added: “Programmes are routinely edited for different broadcast slots, however in this instance a section containing a kiss between David and Jake was inadvertently removed from an episode of Schitt’s Creek broadcast this weekend on 4Music, this was due to human error, and will be remedied for all future broadcasts.”
The sixth and final season of Schitt’s Creek is due to premiere on January 7, 2020.
A Los Angeles billboard featuring David and Patrick kissing went viral last month after Levy shared the image: