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Neighbours: First Gay Wedding on Australian TV
(Blogmensgo, gay blog September 11, 2018) On September 3, 2018, millions of Australians saw Neighbours, on Channel Eleven, just like every day at 6:30 pm. In this very special episode (number 7921), they saw the Aaron and David’s gay wedding, a big premiere on Australian television and the media event of the week.
Channel Eleven is part of the TenPlay group, whose entire website is not accessible from Europe – but fortunately Channel 5 in the UK also broadcasts Neighbours. For the Channel 5 program, you only need a VPN connection for streaming videos.
Three weeks earlier there was a short but glamorous teaser…
David and Aaron’s wedding ceremony was then broadcast in full length on September 3, 2018. If you live in the UK or use an IP tunnel (VPN), you can watch the episode via this link.
Here are just a few screenshots of the wedding ceremony held by Magda Szubanski.
With her speech, the great humor and almost militant tone, the 57-year-old actress delivers a successful and funny performance: Everyone is happy that the wedding of these two loving men will finally eliminate unequal treatment.
The actual wedding ceremony takes place in the episode after 16:19 minutes, and after the wedding, Aaron and David kiss under the cheers of everyone present.
Australian journalist David Robinson dedicated his program “Studio 10” to this unusual TV event the day before the episode went on air and interviewed part of the actors (including the two playing the wedding couple, Takaya Honda and Matty Wilson) and the production team.
In fact, this episode had long been awaited, especially by Studio 10, which filmed behind the scenes and interviewed Takaya Honda, Matty Wilson and Magda Szubanski on the day the famous gay wedding scene was shot (three months ago).
In addition to Australia and Great Britain, the gay wedding episode is also broadcast in New Zealand. In these three countries, gay marriage is legal and well established.
According to Wikipedia the soap opera Neighbours is also broadcast in Kenya with a three-year time lag. There, homosexual marriages are unconstitutional and homosexuality is very strongly stigmatized. Whether Kenyan television will dare to broadcast this episode without censorship remains to be seen.