Fans of Coronation Street slam its ‘disgusting’ racism storyline on Max Turner
Coronation Street fans have criticized its ‘disgusting’ story of racism in which Griff Reynolds radicalizes a young Max Turner.
Max, who is played by Paddy Bever in the ITV soap, has been gradually groomed and radicalized by Griff, who is played by Michael Condron.
But the 16-year-old’s story has been “a step too far” for many viewers, after Ofcom received 139 complaints about his radicalisation.
Horrible: Coronation Street fans have criticized its ‘disgusting’ story of racism where a young Max Turner is being radicalized by Griff Reynolds
The extremist ideology of Max’s girlfriend, Lauren, has also influenced him to worsen his racist ways.
In one episode, Max watched an alarming propaganda film that further encouraged him to go against Muslims.
After this, Lauren’s racist behavior was called into question when Alya approached Max with concerns about it.
But he used the information provided in the film to defend his actions.
A lonely and vulnerable Max, played by Paddy Bever, is targeted by a gang of extremists who ultimately endanger his own life and the lives of his friends and family.
Groomer: Max, who is played by Paddy Bever in the ITV soap opera, has been gradually groomed and radicalized by Griff, who is played by Michael Condron (pictured)
In an earlier episode on October 28, viewers saw Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) confront environmental activist Griff (Michael Condron) and his friends when he discovers that the band he’s been invited to see is playing racist songs.
Toyah (Georgia Taylor) approached Spider (Martin Hancock) about the company he runs, unaware that he is an undercover cop who has infiltrated the gang to expose their activity.
On the following Monday’s episode (October 31), Griff turned his attention to troublemaker Max, who has been the victim of persistent bullies ever since he lost his spot at Weatherfield High.
Griff steps in and threatens to teach the bullies a lesson and in doing so earns Max’s trust.
Synopsis: Coronation Street will ‘highlight the issue of grooming impressionable and disenfranchised young men’ in a hard-hitting story involving Max Turner
He invites Max to a Halloween party at his house, telling the rest of the gang that he might be useful to their cause.
Over the next few months, as Max grows further and further away from his family, the teen falls under the spell of Griff, who uses Max’s computer and video skills to spread his 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 ‘ensure her loyalty’, Lauren has been sleeping with Max, causing him to fall deeper into shameful ways of thinking.
The fans were shocked with the story which has been quite extreme compared to the usual soap opera dramas.
Confrontation: Viewers recently watched Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) confront environmental activist Griff (Michael Condron) and his friends when he discovered that the band he had been invited to see was playing racist songs.
Some took to Twitter to complain about their upset about it, with many complaining that they won’t be seeing Coronation Street anymore.
One wrote: ‘I can’t see Corrie anymore.
“I’ve been an avid fan for years and years, but Max’s radicalization is a step too far. I am sorry. I’m out.’
Similarly, another said: ‘Sorry #Corrie, I’m out. This Max story is not for me at all, Summer is boring beyond words and there’s nothing to make me want to watch her anymore.’
Shocking: Max grows further and further away from his family. The teen falls under the spell of Griff, who uses Max’s computer and video skills to spread racist propaganda about him.
Someone else said: ‘This story with Max is horrible.
I know it goes on but it’s really horrible! #run #coronationstreet.’
Another fan wrote directly to the character: “Max, open your eyes and smell the coffee because Griff and Lauren are brainwashing and sprucing you up.”
Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeod said of the story as it began: “Overall, Max’s story is about grooming a vulnerable teenager to a point where he feels most alienated and disenfranchised.
“The story will embrace the ‘traditional’ recruiting techniques of extremist groups, and we will see Max befriend in person with older, mentor-like figures, who will give him a sense of loyalty and brotherhood.
Disgust: Fans were shocked with the storyline which has been quite extreme compared to the usual soap opera dramas.
“Then, later in the story, we’ll explore a very 21st century problem: teens radicalize themselves by viewing extreme content online.
“In the end, we wanted this to be a story about communication within families: what are the right and wrong ways to talk to younger family members who are gravitating towards extreme views?”
Similarly, someone else said, ‘Max, you’re smarter than this…I hoped so.’
Written alongside a meme clip of a man saying, “I want this man to be no more,” someone else added, “Me watching Griff get away with more and more shit and take Max down with it.”
More Ofcom complaints were filed when Max turned on a refugee from Iraq.
The television regulator said the 139 complaints “relate to the plot of racial violence.”