STAR TV, the Hong Kong-based satellite TV service that reaches over 300 million viewers in 54 countries and is owned by Rupert Murdoch, censored the words “gay” and “lesbian” from the Oscar acceptance speeches of Milk‘s screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and lead actor Sean Penn in its re-telecast of the Academy Awards in Asia Monday evening. The sound from those speeches was reported to have dropped out when those words were uttered in Malaysia, Singapore, and India. Jannie Poon, a STAR spokeswoman, defended the company’s decision, saying STAR has “a responsibility to take the sensitivities and guidelines of all our markets into consideration.”
Adding, “Unless you’re gaysian, in which case, fuck you.”*
*Not actually uttered, but obviously implied.
Filed under: Dishonoring the Gaysian, Gaysians, India, Lesbians, LGBT, Malaysia, News Corp, Rupert Murdoch, Silence = Death, Singapore, STAR TV, STAR TV Censorship, STAR TV Oscars Censorship, This is Bullshit
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