CNA: SCV fined S$10,000 after airing lesbian kiss in music ad

SCV fined S$10,000 after airing lesbian kiss in music ad By Channel NewsAsia

Posted: 09 April 2008 2040 hrs

SINGAPORE: Cable television operator Starhub Cable Vision (SCV) has been fined S$10,000 for airing a commercial of a Mandarin pop music video which showed two women kissing.

The commercial, which was to promote a song by pop singer Olivia Yan, was aired on MTV Mandarin Channel on 26 and 28 November 2007.

The Media Development Authority (MDA) said in a statement on its website that “romanticised scenes of two girls kissing were shown and it portrayed the relationship as acceptable”.

The statement added that the scenes breached TV advertising guidelines, which disallow advertisements that condone homosexuality.

The MDA has also consulted the Advisory Committee for Chinese Programmes, and the committee agreed that the commercial had promoted lesbianism as acceptable and romantic, especially when shown together with the lyrics featured.

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