Bridgerton fans slam Daphne and Simon’s 'toxic' romance after 'rape scene' backlash

BRIDGERTON fans have slammed Daphne and Simon’s 'toxic' romance after 'rape scene' backlash.

The Netflix period drama has taken the streaming platform by storm since it dropped om Christmas Day but one particular moment has received stark criticism from viewers.

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The series follows two families whose daughters are desperate to find their dream man.

However, Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynever) plots with Simon Bassett, the Duke of Hastings (Regé-Jean Page), to pretend they are in a relationship.

However, the pair actually develop feelings for each other and in episode six, things take a turn Daphne forces Simon to have sleep with her.

This happened despite him previously telling her he does not want to have children and told her to stop not once but twice.


Fans have had their say on Twitter as one fan demanded: "They really should have left the rape scene out or held Daphne accountable for her actions #Bridgerton."

Another fan wrote: "Hmm I'm disturbed that the gravity of what Daphne did to Simon in #bridgerton wasn't properly addressed. It's clearly marital rape.

A third viewer raged: "for anyone watching #Bridgerton , episode 6 has a male rape scene that they…somehow made worse than the book. I’m so angry."

While a fourth follower argued: "…Did we really just completely ignore a rape scene? Okay. That’s not what we like to see from a sexy period drama. #bridgerton."

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Daphne actress Phoebe Dynevor revealed she had a panic attack on a day of filming when the pressure of long days and nights in front of the camera began to take its toll.

She shared: "There is a scene in one episode where Daphne walks down the stairs and everyone is staring at her.

“That was one of the hardest scenes to shoot. Everyone has days where they wake up and feel like poo and don’t want to see people, let alone be on camera.

"It just so happened I was having one of those days then, and felt so out of my comfort zone. Basically, I had a full-blown panic attack.”

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