Gay Asians are shocked that their TV broadcasts of this years Oscars ceremony were edited to cut the words gay and lesbian from winners acceptance speeches.
Actor Sean Penn and writer Dustin Lance Black (right), who won Oscars for their work in the move Milk were broadcast live uncensored, but repeat screenings had blank audio instead of their words “gay and lesbian”, reports the Associated Press.
“To all the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight … you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value, and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you,” Black said in his speech.
Prominent Malaysian arts commentator Pang Khee Teik says the censorship sends a message “that gays and lesbians are still shameful things to be censored from the public’s ears.”
“As a gay man, I am truly offended,” he wrote to media. “Stop censoring the words that describe who I am.”
You can see Black’s acceptance speech here.