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Is Hollyoaks too promiscuous?

By ShinyMedia on February 13th, 2009 3 comments

hollyoakskissing.jpgI love Hollyoaks. It’s my after work guilty pleasure. But I’ve noticed recently just how many of its storylines revolve around sex. Now, I’m no prude, but come on! Everyone it that village is at it. Is Hollyoaks taking the casual sex story too far?


Kris, Nancy and Ravi are at it whenever possible, every which way they possibly can, and as we thought a little while ago, it’s only a matter of time before they all jump in the same sack and have a jolly old time. Sarah is sleeping with her Dad’s girlfriend (which is too weird for words) and well, she’s actually sleeping with just about everybody who looks at her. Let’s try and forget that her ex slept with her mum.

None of the characters mention safe sex. And the writers are treating Amy like a baby machine! She’s still at school! Apparently she didn’t learn from getting up the duff the first time, and she went and did it again! That’s a great message for the kids, right there.

I’m not saying that every school kid who watches Hollyoaks is going to go out and get pregnant, or, sleep around and possibly catch HIV like Mercedes and Malachy (what kind of silly names are they?) But surely, instead of watching girls get tarted up, and throw themselves at the boys in the show, they could find another storyline to push? It’s getting a little bit tired. Not only am I sick of everyone shagging their brothers best mates cousins uncle, and everyone in-between, I do think they’re verging on being irresponsible. Not least with the late shows that they have – it’s just another excuse to show more tits and ass.

Am I taking this show too seriously? Should soap operas worry about the message they put out there? Let me know what you think.

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  • m

    Malachy is a traditional irish name.

  • Orla

    Malachy is a contraction of Malachi, which comes from the Bible.

    It’s incredibly common in Ireland, so from a fellow owner of a Celtic name, like myself, calling it silly is a bit on the ridiculous side.

  • Carl

    His name is Kris, not Chris.

    Sarah slept with Zoe once. Months ago.

    I don’t understand how Hollyoaks is saying that having two children before you turn 18 is a “great message”. I think the story reinforces what you’re saying, that there are consequences for unprotected sex.

    “Not least with the late shows that they have – it’s just another excuse to show more tits and ass.”

    They’ve had one late show in the past 3 years, and the only nudity in that episode was a comic relief nudist. The previous special to this one was in early 2006, which mostly revolved around a rapist and his violent death.

    Hollyoaks is certainly going through a rough patch right now but I think Amy’s story and the very effective HIV story with Malachy and Mercedes show the consequences of not being careful.


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