Malaysia has decided to take a big ol’ shit on the gays this spring, and it’s a double whammy.
The Southeast Asian nation has banned all LGBT characters from shows, and also pledged to allocate $32,600 toward reparative therapy in hopes of turning its gays into heterosexual breeders.
According to The Star Online:
The Information Department has banned shows featuring gay characters, Deputy Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Maglin Dennis D’Cruz confirmed.
He said the ban was effective immediately but would only start with state-owned TV and radio stations.
“If it means cancelling some of the shows, so be it,” he told The Star Friday, adding that the decision was to curb the “influence” of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community.
He also said the decision will be expanded to cover privately-owned stations as well as satellite TV providers.
As for foreign productions, he said the Censorship Board will remove episodes from running TV shows and bar movies with gay characters from being screened locally.
Say buh-bye to Glee and Modern Family, denizens of the Malay Kingdom.
And depleting mainstream media of gay character isn’t all—elected officials want to turn their existing gays straight.
The Sun Daily says that Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin made some pretty ridiculous remarks at the launch of the “National Counseling, Education and Career Carnival,” including funding of ex-gay reparative therapy. Said Yassin, as if it were common sense:
“This includes counseling skills for those faced with sexuality problems which threatens the integrity of the family institution.
“The symptoms of sexual orientation disorder like LGBT, which was previously faced by the Western society are now faced in our society also. I believe that through an effective counseling approach, we will be able to curb this negative phenomenon from spreading in our community… For now [the allocated spending] is RM100,000 ($32,600). If it not enough, we can add more later…
“The skills to counsel the disabled people is important to help them live a normal life in the midst of challenges.”
And here I thought the Malaysian Prime Minister was all about ending child labor, not treating “the gay” like a negative contagion… and is this just a shitty translation, or did girlfriend just call us “disabled”? WTF!