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C-Pop star’s same-sex marriage video banned from TV and radio in Singapore

Joseph McCormick May 26, 2015
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Singapore has banned a music video and song by pop star Jolin Tsai, because it features same-sex marriage and gay relationships.

The Taiwanese C-Pop star Tsai, who is wildly popular across Asia, released her ‘We’re All Different, Yet The Same’, which was described as containing “mature content” by authorities.

The song, and corresponding video were later found to have been banned from TV and radio in Singapore, both on cable TV and free-to-air channels.

According to the Media Development Authority (MDA), the song is not permitted for broadcast.

A statement was released by the MDA on Tuesday which read: “In response to recent queries on the suitability of the song for broadcast, MDA advised the local broadcasters that they should not air the song and music video on channels that are freely accessed by younger viewers due to its mature content. This decision was reached after consultation with MDA’s Publications Consultative Panel, which comprises Singaporeans from a wide cross-section of society.”

The Broadcasting Act allows the MDA full power to sanction and fine broadcasters not adhering to bans on content.

Previously reported by the Straits Times was an email sent from the MDA, to the SPH Radio station, stating that the video was in breach of the Radio Programme Code, and therefore “unsuitable for broadcast”.

Despite not being allowed for broadcast, the sale of the song, with warnings, is permitted.

Saying she respected differences of opinion, Tsai released a statement after the restriction was announced to say she wanted to promote tolerance and equality through the video.

The video is available to watch below

Related topics: Asia, Singapore, Singapore

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