24 February 2009

Beautiful, wonderful creatures make disappearing act

The film "Milk", telling the story of assassinated gay politician Harvey Milk, won two Oscars on 22 February 2009. Mediacorp censors got to work. Full essay.

5 comments:

Koh said...

Alex,
I watched the repeat telecast (main motivation to catch Kate Winslet), and Sean Penn's speech was NOT left intact. I would never have known Mediacorp censored his (and Lance Black's) speech if not for reading your blog post. I am disturbed and saddened.

Anonymous said...

I see YB's friends anticapated the censorship and so stayed to watch the repeat telecast. Then when they spot it, they make sure everybody knows about it and YB makes sure people see the banned parts on youtube. There's something refreshingly pro-active about gay activism in singapore. Well done!

Anonymous said...

I have written to the speakers to inform them about which parts of their speeches were censored by Singapore authorities. This will leave a lasting impression about Singapore in their minds. Maybe someone else can write to the film companies to warn them about doing business in Singapore. No wonder Westerners think Singapore is part of China. It's not that they aren't smart in geography; it's starting to confuse me too. We are a single party state with lots of censorship too; hard to tell apart from a communist country for sure.

Anonymous said...

Did they cut out the Milk clip from the hilarious Franco-Rogen segment? The Milk clip featured, scandalously, two men kissing! (namely Penn and Franco, that was part of the comedy.)

Anonymous said...

Yes, they did