Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Gay Asian Oscar viewers outraged at telecast censorship

Towleroad's initial report about anti-gay censorship of recent Oscar re-broadcasts by Asian networks has been confirmed .

It's been reported by mainstream media that STAR, an Asian satellite TV service that says it reaches more than 300 million viewers in 53 countries, cut the sound during Oscar re-broadcasts when winners Dustin Lance Black (pictured) and Sean Penn mentioned "gay" or "lesbian" in their acceptance speeches. Their speeches were shown in full during live broadcasts of the Oscars that were screened across Asia on Monday morning.

The Associated Press story quotes Pang Khee Teik, a prominent Malaysian arts commentator, as saying: "As a gay man, I am truly offended...Stop censoring the words that describe who I am....[The censorship] sent a message...that gays and lesbians are still shameful things to be censored from the public's ears."

Jannie Poon, STAR's Hong Kong-based spokeswoman, stressed that the company had no intention of upsetting any viewers, but said it has "a responsibility to take the sensitivities and guidelines of all our markets into consideration."

What guidelines might those be, I wonder. This is such a shame.

Still, there's no doubt that the queer-positive messages from Black and Penn on Sunday have been heard around the world, as this article attests.

2 comments:

WesternGrit said...

Just as I thought: Murdoch's Star/Fox/Sky consortium deciding to censor life. Wow! I always thought he was more of a "libertarian-conservative"...

Turns out he's just a "normal" neoCon asshole...

You know, living in India in the early/mid 90s, I was able to watch a lot of old American drama, sitcoms, and movies on "StarTV" and "Star Movies" on cable. I always thought that I had seen the original American show with some more graphic content, swearing, and open sexuality.

In a fashion reminiscent of the Imperial British, Murdoch wishes to bring "tight-assed" "sensibilities" to the land of the Kama Sutra. When the Moghuls and Brits did this ,they created much of the sexual angst and stupidity that exists in India today...

Tsk... tsk...

Antonio said...

when is everyone gonna learn that censorship in the era of youtube is the worst thing you can do to try and keep people from seeing something...