The Oscars are supposedly seen by a billion people worldwide. Which is roughly India’s entire population, making that country the world’s largest democracy. Funny, ’cause we didn’t think democratic nations engaged in the type of censorship that brands gay people as too risque for TV.
“It is my understanding that Dustin Lance Black’s acceptance speech was edited for the rebroadcast of the Oscars in India such that the mention of being gay was removed,” a Defamer source writes. “The actual broadcast began at 630a.m., so it’s aired in real time and also taped and rebroadcast later in the day. My source for the info saw both broadcasts of his acceptance speech, so there you are.”
Still unclear, however, is whether India’s censors edited Sean Penn’s speech, or if they canceled the entire Internet and blocked all Milk searches.