So, the prospect of RuPaul‘s Drag Race being syndicated in the Muslim-majority country of Indonesia just got slim to none. Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) after receiving complaints from viewers issued a ban on:
• Men wearing feminine fashion
• Men wearing feminine make-up
• Feminine body language exhibited by men, including, but not limited to, walking style, sitting style, hand gestures and other behaviors
• Men speaking in a feminine way
• Depicting justifications or promoting that men can behave effeminately
• Depicting a man greeting another man in ways that are supposed to be for women
• Depicting terminologies and colloquial terms that are often used by effeminate males
On its website, KPI said:
“KPI assess these things are not in accordance with the respect for the norms of decency and morality in society and the protection of children and adolescents.
Airing this content thus can encourage children to learn and/or justify inappropriate behavior such as common in everyday life.”
The move is the latest in an uptick of antigay behavior in the country and the country’s largest Islamic group wants to criminalize gay sex and LGBT activism. Their defense minister has said the movement was more dangerous than nuclear warfare.
Needless to say, take this off your list of places to visit, if you’re LGBTQ, for this is likely the first of many more troubling and dumb bans coming. (via Queerty)