On March 15, 2011, the hit Fox show Glee marked a milestone in television history by showing the much-awaited kiss between gay characters Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Darren Criss (Blaine). But Filipinos were in for a disappointment.
Solar Entertainment, which broadcasts Glee in the Philippines through channels ETC and Jack TV, chose to edit this scene out. The company has done it before and will do it again, perpetuating a cycle of homophobia and discrimination against LGBTs in the Philippines.
In response to protests, ETC vowed on March 30 to air a "sanitized" version of the kiss. The channel shifted blame on the country's Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), which had previously advised TV networks against showing kissing scenes between persons of the same sex.
Making good on their promise, ETC began airing a "sanitized" version of the kissing scene in April. But it was many seconds shorter than the original.
Freedom-loving people of the Philippines will not settle for "sanitized" kisses. Love is not dirty. MTRCB and Solar Entertainment, we demand to see the kiss in full.