It has been reported that Coronation Street could face an investigation over Bethany Platt’s shocking storyline.
Pre-watershed scenes showed Bethany, 16, pimped out by her much older boyfriend, Nathan Curtis. The scenes saw Nathan encouraging Bethany to wear a tight red dress to a party he had thrown with his male friends.
In the disturbing scenes, Nathan asked his friend: “You having a good time?” to which the creepy man replied: “She’s certainly dressed the part.”
Nathan responded telling his friend it “wasn’t the right time” adding: “I promise you – when she’s ready you’ll be the first to know.”
Fans were quick to take to social media to show their disgust with one tweeting: “I know they’ve got to do storylines that bring awareness to things but this whole Bethany/ Nathan thing gives me the creeps.”
Another tweeted: “Surely #Corrie has to go post-watershed with this Bethany story-line, not for young viewing.”
However a Coronation Street spokesperson has defended the shows decision to show such a shocking storyline, saying: “Her journey has begun in a way many young people will recognise: through feelings of low self-worth. Bethany’s story is a challenging watch, but we hope it will encourage open discussion amongst friends and families about self-esteem, confidence and most importantly, safety.”
Speaking on Lorraine recently, Lucy Fallon who plays Bethany, spoke openly about her storyline saying: “’I haven’t actually watched it yet because it does make me feel quite uncomfortable as it does for a lot of the viewers. But it’s so important that we do it, especially at this time because we’re targeting people who watch Coronation Street who are young.”
Bethany, who was accompanied by co-star, Christopher Harper who plays Nathan, added how the scenes mirror a real life story and they were determined to do it justice: “We met with the NSPCC and a girl called Lucy who told us her story. It was absolutely horrific and that made us so determined to do this story right for the people that this has happened to and that it is happening to.”
The regulatory body will reportedly assess the complaints before deciding whether to investigate.