Malaysian Film Censors: Gay Characters Must Repent Or Suffer
The Malaysian Film Censorship Board has approved one of the countryâ€™s first explicitly gay films â€” but has insisted on an unusual catch in order for it to get to theaters.
Censors insisted that the gay characters must either repent or come to a bad end during the course of the film.
Mohammad Hussain, chairman of the Film Censorship Board, said in an interview that, under new guidelines released in March, films dealing with homosexuality would be dealt with on a â€œcase-by-case basis,â€ although the theme was not encouraged. Sodomy, even consensual, is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison in Malaysia.
Mr. Mohammad said there must be some â€œgood intentionâ€ on the part of the filmmaker to show people that homosexuality is â€œsomething thatâ€™s not normal â€” at least in our culture.â€