HOLLYOAKS viewers have been left “uncomfortable” after Jonny Baxter led a racist gang in a brutal attack on an Asian man in tonight’s episode.
The vile thug – who is played by actor Ray Quinn in the Channel 4 soap -beat the man with his gang for asking them politely to move their car so he could leave the pub.
Fans couldn’t stomach the scenes, but praised the soap for highlighting the dangers of far right extremism.
One wrote: “#Hollyoaks is horrid to watch right now. I know it happens but its absolutely shocking and uncomfortable to watch.”
A second said: “Don’t like this storyline @Hollyoaks absolutely no need for it. Sorry that’s the end of me watching hollyoaks and I’ve watched it from the very beginning @Channel4 #E4”
A third added: “That scene with Jonny and his friends beating up a man because of his skin colour has made me feel horrible for watching it, not liking it! #Hollyoaks”
Another commented: “Not loving where this storyline is going on hollyoaks …don’t think I’m gonna carry on watching if I’m right.”
A fifth tweeted: “This episode makes me feel sick. The fact that this is a situation that happens on a daily basis and nothing is being done about it hurts. #hollyoaks”
Another said: “It’s very disturbing that groups of extremists like Johnny and his friends actually exist out there!! Hope Ste comes to his senses! #Hollyoaks”
Others praised the hard-hitting storyline with one writing: “The fact people are finding the radicalism storyline uncomfortable to watch is evidence that #Hollyoaks are doing a great job of highlighting it.”
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Another said: “That’s why it needs to be shown. #Hollyoaks again choosing storylines no other soap would go near! Uncomfortable, shocking but true to life! Well done!”
A third added: “First look #hollyoaks is difficult to watch tonight…hard hitting stuff but well done then raising awareness again! #stopthehate #endracism”
Another wrote: “Well done #Hollyoaks for tackling the issue of the damage inflicted by far right groups.”
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