Coronation Street fans have slammed their “disgusting” racism storyline, which sees a young Max Turner radicalized by Griff Reynolds.
Max, played by Paddy Bever in the ITV soap, has been gradually groomed and radicalized by Griff, played by Michael Condron.
But the 16-year-old character’s story was “a step too far” for many viewers – after Ofcom received 139 complaints about his radicalisation.
Horrifying: Coronation Street fans have slammed their ‘disgusting’ racism story which sees a young Max Turner being radicalized by Griff Reynolds
Max’s girlfriend Lauren’s extremist ideology has also caused him to get even worse in his racist ways.
In one episode, Max watched an alarming propaganda film that further encouraged him to take action against Muslims.
Afterwards, Lauren’s racist behavior was questioned when Alya reached out to Max with concerns.
But he used the information provided in the film to defend her actions.
A lonely and vulnerable Max, played by Paddy Bever, is targeted by a gang of extremists who ultimately endanger his own life and that of his friends and family.
Groomer: Max, played by Paddy Bever on the ITV soap, has been gradually groomed and radicalized by Griff, played by Michael Condron (pictured).
In a previous October 28 episode, viewers saw Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) confront eco-activist Griff (Michael Condron) and his buddies when he found out the band they invited him to play racist songs played.
Toyah (Georgia Taylor) attacks Spider (Martin Hancock) about the company he runs, unaware that he is an undercover cop who has infiltrated the gang to expose their activities.
In the following Monday (October 31) episode, Griff turned his attention to the troubled Max, who has been the victim of persistent school bullies since losing his place at Weatherfield High.
Griff intervenes and threatens to teach the bullies a lesson, earning Max’s trust.
Story: Coronation Street will “highlight the problem of caring for disenfranchised and impressionable young men” in a hard-hitting storyline involving Max Turner.
He invites Max to his house for a Halloween party and tells the rest of the gang that he could be useful to their cause.
Over the coming months, as Max grows more estranged from his family, the teenager falls under the spell of Griff, who uses Max’s video and computer skills to spread their racist propaganda.
When Max first came into contact with Griff, he felt very isolated – but was eventually asked to join the gang alongside his girlfriend Lauren.
To “secure his loyalty,” Lauren slept with Max, which caused him to fall deeper into the nefarious ways of thinking.
Fans were shocked by the plot, which was pretty extreme compared to the usual soap dramas.
Confrontation: Viewers recently saw Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) confront environmental activist Griff (Michael Condron) and his buddies when he found out the band they invited him to was playing racist songs
Some took to Twitter to complain about their excitement about it, and many complained they won’t be watching Coronation Street anymore.
One wrote: “I can’t see Corrie anymore.
“I’ve been an avid fan for years, but Max’s radicalization is a step too far. We’re sorry. I’m out.’
Similarly, another said: “Sorry #Corrie I’m out. This Max story isn’t for me at all, Summer is incredibly boring and there’s just nothing that makes me want to watch it more.
Shocking: As Max grows estranged from his family, the teenager falls under the spell of Griff, who uses Max’s video and computer skills to spread their racist propaganda
Someone else said: “This story with Max is terrible.
“I know it goes on, but it’s really awful! #corrie #coronationstreet.’
Another fan wrote directly to the character, “Max open your eyes and smell the coffee because Griff and Lauren are brainwashing and grooming you.”
Iain MacLeod, producer of Coronation Street, said at the beginning of the story: “Overall, Max’s story is about the nurturing of a vulnerable teenager at a point when he feels most alienated and disenfranchised.
“The story will embrace the ‘traditional’ recruitment techniques used by extremist groups, and we’ll see Max personally befriending older, mentor-like figures who instill in him a sense of loyalty and brotherhood.
Disgust: Fans were shocked by the plot, which was pretty extreme compared to the usual soap dramas
“Then, later in the story, we’ll examine a 21st-century problem: teenagers radicalizing themselves by watching extreme content online.
“Ultimately, we wanted this to be a story about family communication – what are the right and wrong ways to talk to younger family members who are prone to extreme views?”
Similarly, someone else said, “Max, you’re smarter than that…I hoped.”
Posted alongside a meme clip of a man saying, “I want that man to be gone,” someone else added, “I watch Griff get away with more and more shit and bring Max downstairs with him.”
More Ofcom complaints were filed when Max took action against a refugee from Iraq.
The television regulator said the 139 complaints “related to a history of racist violence.”
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