“American viewers should be insulted, and gay viewers offended, that a harmless and significant scene was mashed and diluted into something useless for their consumption, with the presumption that they’re simply unable to enjoy television like the rest of the world’s grown-ups.
Nowhere else would somebody have put that much effort into removing such a tame display of affection, when the very same episode featured scenes of far more explicit straight sexual encounters and even graphic violence left perfectly intact. I find that far more distressing than the loss of anything more graphic and vital to Bo and Lauren’s overall arc, because it is at once so needless and so deliberate.
Pop culture is culture, and it does not exist in a vacuum. Every one of us engages with it every day. What SyFy’s edit represents is no less than an attempt to tidy away any hint that there is something real, something worthwhile, something of value in the depiction of a same sex relationship beyond hot Sweeps week sex.
It is no longer acceptable to be openly fearful or hateful towards lesbians or lesbian characters on television; but it is, apparently, still quite alright to be ashamed of them.
My pop culture is ashamed of me, and SyFy US doesn’t understand why I’m upset.