EastEnders fans hit out at the soap for “shocking” diabetes joke
Hundreds of EastEnders fans took to Twitter this week to voice their fury after a character made an inappropriate comment about diabetes on the BBC soap.
During a birthday party for her young daughter Pearl, Albert Square resident Kim Fox made what viewers thought to be a shocking reference to diabetes and the consumption of sugar by children.
“If the kids don’t give themselves diabetes, it’s not a good party, is it?” she remarked.
Parents voiced their reservations regarding the fly away comment, which they said promoted unhealthy habits and attitudes to sugar consumption.
“EastEnders take note. Do research before scripting jokes about diabetes EastEnders,” Sharan Adlem tweeted.
“I’m infuriated by the lack of research,” wrote Justin Sully.
“Epic diabetes fail on EastEnders last night. Ignorance at its best,” she said.
Speaking to Metro, the BBC have issued a statement, which defended the outlandish opinions of one of the show’s most outrageous characters.
“As regular EastEnders viewers know, Kim has long been established as a facetious character who usually gets more things wrong than right,” the spokesperson said.
“EastEnders has a rich history of covering important issues such as diabetes and has addressed the realities of living with the condition through the character Paul Coker, whose condition will be featured more in the future.”