Ukranian TV upsets gays

A popular Ukrainian TV station has been forced to apologize and delete a programme from its archives after people complained of its lewd mocking of sexual minorities.

A handful of picketers gathered outside the offices of the 1+1 TV station on January 4 to voice their anger over a Pinocchio parody on December 31 that activists said was homophobic and deeply insulting to the LGBT community.

The sketch depicted a Pinocchio-like character as transgender and leveled crude jokes about it.