HTGAWM Italy Gax Sex Censorship

HTGAWM: Gay Sex Scene Censored in Italy, Station Blames Editor's 'Modesty'

The Italian public television station Rai 2 has promised to re-air the pilot episode of How to Get Away With Murder after claiming that a staffer mistakenly censored from the original broadcast a sex scene between Connor and Oliver.

As revealed in this side-by-side comparison shared on Twitter by an Italian HTGAWM viewer, Rai 2 edited out the flashback cutaway that revealed how Connor came to possess, via his very first hook-up with Oliver, some documents Annalise needed for a court case.

Upon learning of the edit, HTGAWM showrunner Pete Nowalk expressed on Twitter that he was “shocked and disappointed,” then set out to share a clip of the scene as it was meant to be seen.

Shondaland boss Shonda Rhimes also chimed in, saying, “Censorship of any love is inexcusable,” while Jack Falahee, who plays Connor, questioned that “audiences in Italia aren’t ‘ready’ for real life?

The HTGAWM episode (and others) aired unedited during its premiere run in Italy, on Sky’s Fox platform. Rai 2, a public television station, airs the ABC drama in its second run.

According to Italy’s Corriere Della Sera, a director for Rai 2 explained that a female editor made the edits without his supervision, and that the episode would be rebroadcast in its entirety on Sunday night. Rai 2’s Twitter feed in turn blamed a mistaken excess of modesty in the decision-making, for which it apologized.

Nowalk promptly thanked Rai 2 for acknowledging the oversight, while Rhimes invited Twitter followers from other countries to alert her of any other instances of censorship.