July 12, 2016 at 3:12 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Italy censors gay sex scene in ‘HTGAWM’
(Screenshot via YouTube)

(Screenshot via YouTube)

Italian public broadcaster Rai censored a gay sex scene in “How to Get Away with Murder” causing a public outcry among fans and the show’s cast and crew.

The scene censored occurs in the pilot episode when Connor (Jack Falahee) is shown hooking up with Oliver (Conrad Riamora) to obtain documents for Annalise (Viola Davis). In a side-by -side comparison of the censored scene versus the original, Connor and Oliver’s sex scene is notably left out.

Executive producer Shonda Rhimes tweeted her disappointment saying “Censorship of any love is inexcusable.”

Rai responded to complaints by tweeting “True @shondarhimes. An integral version of the episode is scheduled to air tomorrow at 9 pm on @Rai2. #LoveisLove #htgawm.”

Falahee took to Twitter to say he felt Rai should have taken more accountability for the censorship.

Ilaria Dallatana, director of RaiDue, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter saying RaiDue will keep trying to make changes.

“Even these controversies help us to take the right steps for the future. As demonstrated by our new programming schedules, RaiDue will be increasingly sensitive to the complexity of the contemporary world,” Dallatana told The Hollywood Reporter.

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