Indonesia is planning to ban gay networking apps , in the latest demonstration of the country's growing intolerance toward the LGBT community.
A government official confirmed that authorities are already moving to block at least three apps, Grindr,
Blued and BoyAhoy.
But the ban could be much broader. According to Buzzfeed , more than 80 websites and applications geared toward sexual and gender minorities could fall under the injunction. AFP cited communications ministry spokesperson Noor
Iza as claiming that such websites promote sexual deviancy.
The spokesperson said that letters had been sent to three online service providers requesting that the apps be blocked, but it is unclear whether they will adhere to the bid.
Ka Bodyscapes is a 2016 India / USA gay drama by Jayan Cherian. Starring Adhithi, Tinto Arayani and Arundhathi.
Three young people, Haris, a gay painter; Vishnu, a rural kabaddi player and
their friend Sia, an activist who refuse to conform to dominant norms of femininity, struggle to find space and happiness in a conservative Indian City.
India's Central Board of Film Classification (CBFC), taking umbrage at what it
decided are vulgar and offensive scenes in it, has banned the Malayalam film Ka Bodyscapes produced and directed by New York-based film-maker Jayan Cherian.
In a rejection letter sent to the maker of the film, A. Prathibha, regional officer
of the CBFC in Thiruvananthapuram, wrote:
The revising committee felt that the entire content of the Malayalam feature film Ka Bodyscapes is ridiculing, insulting and humiliating Hindu religion, in particular
portraying Hindu Gods in poor light. Derogatory words are used against women. The Hindu God 'Hanuman' is shown as coming in the books titled 'I am Gay' and other homosexual books. The film has also references to lady masturbating, highlighting 'gay' by
many 'gay' posters. The film offends human sensibilities by vulgarity, obscenity and depravity.
The CBFC regional office had earlier referred the film, which is woven around a gay love story, to the review committee. It transferred
the review screening to Chennai and postponed it on the eve of the screening scheduled for July 5. Finally, as the maker accused the board of dragging its feet on certifying the film, the review committee watched it on July 15.
Cherian accused the
board of suffering from homophobia:
Their basic attitude towards and idea of same sex love is that it's vulgar and obscene.
He said he will move the High Court of Kerala for relief.
Italian stete broadcaster, RAI, cut hot scenes between two men when showing the American legal TV thriller How To Get Away With Murder ( HTGAWM).
The cuts were revealed in a side-by-side comparison shared on Twitter by an Italian viewer. Rai 2
had edited out the flashback cutaway that revealed how Connor came to possess, via his very first hook-up with Oliver, some documents Annalise needed for a court case.
Upon learning of the edit, HTGAWM programme maker Pete Nowalk expressed on
Twitter that he was shocked and disappointed, then set out to share a clip of the scene as it was meant to be seen.
Ilaria Dallatana, director of Rai 2 made excuses and explained that a female editor made the edits without his supervision,
and that the episode would be rebroadcast in its entirety on Sunday night. She said in a (translated) statement:
There was no censorship, merely an excess of modesty due to individual sensitivity of those involved to
package the edition of the series for the first time. I understand the irritation...These controversies help us to take the right steps for the future. As demonstrated by the choices made for the new schedules, RAI-2 will be increasingly sensitive to the
complexities of the contemporary world