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Viewers watched on in horror last week as the popular Channel 4 programme screened a clip from Apple TV+’s Roar, a feminist anthology series based on a book of short stories by Cecila Ahern.
In one of the stories, ‘The Woman Who Was Fed By A Duck’, we meet a character called Elisa (Merritt Wever) as she feeds bread to a duck at a pond, only to find the bird starts talking back to her.
The duck – who, it turns out, is called Larry – eventually ends up coming back to Elisa’s home and they form a bond, at one point even taking a bath together.
But when you thought that was weird, Larry goes on to defecate all over Elisa’s apartment... Nope, still not done. He then decides to make it up to her by giving her an orgasm.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the unusual scenes proved a step too far for some viewers – with Ofcom since confirming to LADbible that 149 people reached out to complain about the scenes.
In a statement to The Sun, it said the Gogglebox complaints ‘related to clips from Apple TV’s Roar’.
Many people took to Twitter to share their horror, with one unable to comprehend the fact they had 'really just watched a duck f**k a woman with my mum sat in the same room', while another questioned: "WTAF have I just watched on Gogglebox, woman and a duck really??"
#Gogglebox has traumatised me with that duck scene. What the actual f— Kerri Thorpe (@kerrithorpe_) April 22, 2022
A third wrote: "Gogglebox has traumatised me with that duck scene. What the actual f."
Thankfully siblings Pete and Sophie managed to find some humour in the matter – albeit slightly before the situation really hit its, ahem, climax – with Pete emphasising Sophie's comment that the woman was undressing 'seDUCKtively'.
Even Roar star Merritt Wever, who plays the woman in this particular scene, has admitted to avoiding the scene involving her character and the duck, telling Radio Times she has 'not seen that part'.
"I was like, 'You don't have to carry that burden. You don't have to watch it," she said.
Wever said people have been asking what she thinks of the episode, but said she is more interested in 'what the people who watch it and experience what we made feel about it'.
She admitted to being 'nervous to hear how it is received', but I think Gogglebox answered that question: with horror.
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