Sunday, March 20, 2011

Malaysia continues to perpetuate hatred and prejudice...

Yep, we've done it again.

Let's get one thing straight (no pun intended there, my friends) -- put in the simplest of general terms, people are born with their sexuality/gender identity. It's NOT a choice. If you believe it is a sin to practice what nature is telling you is natural, then by all means, don't YOU indulge. THAT is your choice.

But to treat other people with disdain and hatred because of the way they were born is the most disgusting of all behaviours. Even worse is to throw them in jail. If you think their behaviour is sinful, then take heart with the idea that they will be punished by God. If they are not hurting anyone else by being what they were made to be, what the hell business is it of yours? Let God deal with it!

When I first came to Malaysia, I was impressed by the tolerance with which trans people were regarded in a pretty conservative society. Unfortunately, there are people who think tolerance is horrendous, acceptance even worse, and as for not bothering to notice because we are all human -- well that's totally beyond their ability to comprehend.

So what piece of stupidity is Malaysia up to now? Read this, extract below.

Malaysians who tune in to popular stations hear edited versions of "Born This Way" that use indecipherable garble to replace the lyrics: "No matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgendered life, I'm on the right track, baby."

AMP Radio Networks, Malaysia's top private radio operator, said the precaution was due to government restrictions against songs that might violate "good taste or decency or (are) offensive to public feeling."

"The particular lyrics in 'Born This Way' may be considered as offensive when viewed against Malaysia's social and religious observances,"  the company said in a statement to The Associated Press. "The issue of being gay, lesbian or (bisexual) is still considered as a 'taboo' by general Malaysians."

I guess that the radio stations are running scared because they think they'll be fined. So what do they do? Blur the words of a Lady Gaga song that is preaching tolerance and acceptance. Because in Malaysian we officially don't believe in those things apparently.

Me? Well I think that censorship of this kind "violates good taste or decency" and such tasteless censorship is deeply offensive to my feelings as a member of the public who has good LBGT friends.

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4 comments:

Jo said...

Erm, yes. I really don't give a damn about sexual practices, but "sex" is designed for procreation, the fact that we enjoy it is to ensure we continue to procreate. Unfortunately gay liaisons do not procreate. All the rest is really incidental.

Glenda Larke said...

Can't say I'm doing much procreating these days, either, Jo, in spite of being hetero!

Jo said...

Well you did your bit!!! More than I did.

Helen V. said...

Scary stuff but it doesn't only happen in Malaysia. Humanity's lack of tolerance based on the plainly ridiculous happens all the time.