Tell Singapore Film Board: Don't Censor The Kids Are All Right
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Cassandra Tay
Singapore Film Commission
Kenneth Tan

Tell Singapore Film Board: Don't Censor The Kids Are All Right

    1. Michael Jones
    2. Petition by

      Michael Jones

      Boston, MA

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.

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      • about 3 years ago

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    • Leslie Gray OLYMPIA, WA
      • about 3 years ago

      I feel that you should be aware that the members of the GLBT community that you're discriminating against were actually born the way they are. We don't choose our orientation any more than you choose yours. Don't believe me? Watch this AMA video, made for the training of the doctors of this country.

      http://media01.commpartners.com/AMA/sexual_identity_jan_2011/index.html

      And, if man was truly made in god's image, then we were made the way we are by your god, and you have no right to hate us.

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    • Faith Yap SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • about 3 years ago

      I am a 19 year old Singaporean, and I am ashamed to be Singaporean.

      I thought Singapore was supposed to be a tolerant society, but censoring this film, are you not practicing discrimination?

      How do you expect the people to be tolerant of other cultures if our government bodies are shamelessly discriminating against a lifestyle that doesn't even hurt people?

      It just goes to show how backward a society we are. You have humiliated our country.

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    • Man Kit Cho HONG KONG, HONG KONG
      • about 3 years ago

      No to censorship!

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    • Fiona Wong SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • about 3 years ago

      I'm flabbergasted that we've taken a step back yet again. Sometimes I wonder why they even bother pretending to be tolerant. What kind of a message is the Government sending to the LGBT community? It's a mass of mix messages. On one hand we say, "we accept everyone's sexual preference." And yet such actions actually says, "we accept it on the surface, but we still think you guys are freaks." This is just a bunch of bull.

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