HBO Philippines censors Big Daddy
Carl Jerome Velasco of Manila, Philippines, was also moved to start a petition in 2011, after he noticed that HBO had removed the gay kiss from the Adam Sandler favorite, Big Daddy.
“I remember having watched this movie a while back and I also remembered the gay kiss shared between two of the many characters in the movie,” Velasco writes in the petition. “But I was shocked upon seeing this particular scene ommitted [sic]. It infuriated me. Nothing about this scene was explicit… Censorship of scenes portraying homosexuality such as kissing or the embodiment per se is a colossal offense to the LGBT Community as well as to the supporters of them. Censorship of these scenes is on par with homophobia and that is unacceptable. It is also on par with censoring reality.”
YouTube censors The Fosters‘ Jonnor kiss scene
The Fosters actor Gavin MacIntosh was incensed upon learning his same-sex kiss between Jude and Connor had been censored by YouTube with age restrictions in 2015.
“WHAT?! YouTube blocking #jonnor scene w/ age restrictions? 100% discrimination & homophobia! SO innocent compared to what’s on YouTube!” MacIntosh wrote in a now-deleted tweet, via The Hollywood Reporter.
Here are a few more examples of same-sex kiss censorship. They’re not from TV shows, but definitely worth noting.
Star Trek cuts Sulu kiss
John Cho revealed in an interview with Vulture that an important scene in which his character, Sulu, shows affection to his same-sex partner was deleted from the final cut of the Star Trek Beyond movie.
“There was a kiss that I think is not there any more,” he said in the 2016 interview. “It wasn’t like a make-out session. We’re at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I’m actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough.”
Singapore cuts kiss from Les Misérables
Citizens of Singapore were enraged when their government made the decision to censor a same-sex kiss from a stage production of Les Misérables, according to Mashable.
Delta Airlines censors Carol
Comedian Cameron Esposito was pissed to find that Delta Airlines was airing a version of the Oscar-nominated film, Carol, on her flight in which kissing between Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara was edited out.
Have you noticed any other instances of censorship recently that we missed?
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