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Why Did Singapore's Anti-Gay Censors Ban Archie's Gay Wedding And Not Northstar's


Earlier this month, state media censors in Singapore banned a 2012 Life With Archie comic book for “promoting alternative lifestyles or deviant sexual practices” through the same-sex marriage of its gay character Kevin Keller.

But surprisingly, the same censors have not banned an Astonishing X-Men issue which features the same-sex marriage of the gay superhero Northstar.

Why not? Channel News Asia quotes a spokesperson from the Singapore Media Development Board:

“The MDA takes a holistic view in assessing content and considers all factors, including the context, presentation and language. While themes may seem similar on the surface, depictions and context often vary across different works…

“The issue featured characters who objected to the wedding and this offered a balanced treatment on the issue of gay marriage.”

The Board goes onto say that the censorship even though they did not outright ban the X-Men comic, they have advised that it be "shrink-wrapped and labelled with the consumer advice 'Unsuitable for the Young.'"

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  1. Reckoning the insanity of anti-gay calculus...

    Clean cup! Clean cup! Move down - move down - mooooooove doooooooown!

    Posted by: WhatItWants | Jul 30, 2014 7:42:57 PM

  2. In other words, "Because we say so."

    Posted by: Pardon me, Miss....I speak flim-flam. | Jul 30, 2014 10:27:31 PM

  3. I know they gave a bullsh*t reason but it seems more likely to me this is because Archie is mostly read by little kids and Marvel titles have a broader appeal? Who knows, even censorship and ratings boards that aren't bigoted on the surface make ridiculous contradictory decisions like this all the time. See: the MPAA.

    Posted by: JMC | Jul 30, 2014 10:35:40 PM

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