Make "Love,Simon" NC16 in Singapore
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The movie "Love, Simon" is a film about a homosexual boy coming to terms with his sexuality and his journey about coming out.
I realised that the movie "Love, Simon" has been rated R21 by the Media Development Authority of Singapore which I think is ridiculous as there is no sexual intercourse or violence involved. Its just a harmless coming of age movie where the main character happens to be gay. I understand that the older generations are hostile towards the LGBTQ+ community thus leading to some younger generations to just follow suit. However, a young Singaporean teen struggling with their sexuality might find themself relating and finding comfort in this movie.
By making "Love, Simon" NC16, I am positive that it will have a huge impact on young teenagers struggling to find acceptance from family and friends. It will also educate people that being free and accepted is just what everyone in this extensive community wants. Hopefully, it will also change people’s negative perception of the LGBTQ+ community.
I personally know many individuals who are afraid of coming out and a movie like this will show them that they are not alone and that there is hope. You might think Singapore is a country where there a little to no LGBTQ+ teens, however, I assure you that they have just been overcome by the internalised homophobia this country has. I also think that reducing the age limit will be a step in the right direction for a more inclusive society.
Here are some age limits for the movie "Love, Simon" in other countries: (source: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5164432/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg ,under certification.)
Canada: PG (Alberta/British Columbia)
South Korea: 15
United Kingdom: 12A
United States: PG-13
I hope you consider this petition and actually listen to the voices of this marginalised group of people.
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