Girl-on-girl kiss at S'pore awards show sparks furore
In the movie classic Casablanca, the famous song As Time Goes By has a line that goes "A kiss is just a kiss".
Apparently not in Singapore, at least among the more conservative populace.
A kiss between actresses Vivian Lai and Kate Pang during Sunday's live telecast of the Star Awards Show 2 has caused a stir.
When actress-host Vivian, 36, was announced as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes, she stood up and turned to hug Kate, 29.
Then came the peck on the lips - which took all of one second.
To paraphrase singer Katy Perry, she kissed a girl and other people didn't like it.
Lianhe Wanbao reported that the kiss drew strong reactions from viewers, with many calling its hotline to say that they were offended.
A reader named Mr Tan, 29, said that women kissing each other seems to be "trendy" but he was not used to it.
A 16-year-old boy said that he found it strange to see female artistes dressed sexily and kissing each other.
Since the outcry, the Media Development Authority (MDA) has told The New Paper that it is investigating the incident to see if it breached its content guidelines.
A spokesman for MediaCorp also told TNP that the "kiss" will be censored for the repeat telecast "as some viewers may not be comfortable...".
Source: The New Paper
Published May 8 2012