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Dante’s Cove‘s Simulated Gay Sex Too Racy For Regulators

The Nine Network in Australia was slapped with the strongest punishment television’s regulatory body can hand out for airing a gay sex scene from Dante’s Cove. Wanna guess if a hetero sex scene would’ve been awarded the same rebuke?

The Australian Communications & Media Authority handed Nine an “enforceable undertaking” for airing a Dante’s without an R-rating, despite “detailed and explicit scenes of oral sex etc and in one scene you got a full frontal view of the man’s genitals,” according to the agency’s report. Generally “unambiguous visual detail” that includes “”thrusting during simulated fellatio”, “thrusting during simulated intercourse” and “genital nudity in a sexual context” is a recipe for must-see TV. But the Dec. 9 episode, which aired at 10:30pm, was too racy for its rating. (For what it’s worth, Nine responded that flaccid members should be treated like a woman’s naked breast, and that the scene in question did not feature “genital penetration, oral stimulation … genital contact or other forms of explicit sex.” So there.)

So what’s it mean moving forward? That any episodes of Dante’s Cove Nine airs in the future will be subject to stricter editing, and the network must submit weekly reports that include any complaints it receives about the show. For the next two years.