Gay kiss goes viral.
Two men managed to bypass Singapore’s ban on LGBT+ content by jumping in behind a live news report and defiantly kissing.
It took place during a Singaporean news report on the Winter Olympics opening ceremony, live from a Beijing, where the Channel News Asia (CNA) reporter was delivering a live update.
In Singapore same-sex relationships are illegal and content that promotes LGBT “lifestyles” is censored and considered as “refused classification material.”
The kiss was removed from the version of the broadcast put out by Channel News Asia (CNA) on its website, but that didn’t stop Tiktok from picking it up and sending it viral.
God bless Tiktok.
Immediately after the kiss, one of the men turned and gave a knowing look to the camera, indicating that it was no accident, but rather a defiant act of protest.
The clip of the kiss has been viewed more than 825,000 times and is captioned: “they can’t censor the ending pose 😍🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️🌈”
In a statement on the GLAAD website, Senior Director Ross Murray said:
“The significance of the action lies in the fact that Singapore still has Section 377A in the country’s penal code. The law, a holdover from British colonialism, gives a sentence of up to two years in jail for “gross indecency.” That makes Singapore one of 69 countries with laws that criminalize LGBTQ people and their relationships.”
“Let this Olympian kiss be a call to strike down Section 377A of Singapore’s penal code, and end the criminalization of LGBTQ people globally.”
Check out the clip below: