Ed Bailey (Trevor Michael Georges) is set to be the target of a racist verbal attack in Coronation Street – and his son Michael (Ryan Russell) can’t believe it when he seems prepared to sit back and take it.
When Ray (Mark Frost) tells a perplexed Ed that new Bistro manager Don isn’t happy with his work, Ed goes to see what the problem is and as they discuss it, Don makes a racist remark, leaving both Ed and Michael stunned.
When he later follows up with another horrific slur, Ed doesn’t call him out on it and doesn’t want to make a deal of it, which leaves Michael enraged. But it’s clear that Ed has been impacted by the racism, something which he has previously confirmed that he has had to fight against before.
At the time, his wife Aggie had reminded him that his own bigotry about James’ sexuality was not so different to what he faced in the past. Will a reminder in the form of odious Don make Ed reconsider how he has approached the situation with his son?
Meanwhile, James himself is also finding himself the target of discrimination as a fan of the football team targets him with homophobic abuse.
As Tim Metcalfe (Joe Duttine) chats to James about his last match, a County fan approaches and launches a tirade of homophobic abuse at James. Tim steps in and restrains James, whose emotions understandably explode.
But as James calms down, he begins to worry that this incident won’t be a one off – and fears that his career will always be defined by his sexuality.
Can the Bailey family unite together and fight back against the vulgar attitudes they are facing?
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