The Kids Are All Right may be one of the most successful films of 2010, garnering a number of Academy Award nominations, critical acclaim, and robust profits. But in Singapore, here's what members of the Board of Film Censors think about the flick: it promotes and normalizes a "homosexual lifestyle," and should therefore be restricted.
And that's exactly what the country has done, giving the film a rating of R21, which puts it in the category of, say, pornography. The country has also stopped the release of the film save for one single print.
The censorship has managed to galvanize Singapore's film community, with a number of filmmakers and media professionals lambasting the government's decision -- which came down from a Board of Film Censors under the country's Media Development Authority -- to clamp down on The Kids Are All Right.
"I thought we had grown up. I am flabbergasted," said Lesley Ho, who was previously director of Singapore's International Film Festival.
Send a message to Singapore's Film Advisory Board, letting them know that their decision to censor films based on "homosexual content" not only sends the message that the country is intolerant and behind the times, but it's also offensive to the spirit of art and creativity that movie professionals ought to be celebrating, not restricting.
This decision looks badly on the government of Singapore, and sends a huge message of intolerance to the world community. Here is a film that is as much about family as it is about the subject of homosexuality, and yet the Media Development Authority's Board of Film Censors has ruled that the film should be restricted.
I urge you to reverse this decision, and to stop restricting movies because they feature characters who might be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. Censoring these films, or limiting their release, sends the message that Singapore is behind the times, disrespectful to gay Singaporeans, and a place where art and creativity are squashed. Is that the reputation Singapore wants to mold before the international community?
Please reverse this decision. Thank you for your time.