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Jolin Tsai's new single banned in Singapore (update)

Jolin Tsai's new single banned in Singapore (update)

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai's (???) agent said Tuesday that the singer thinks it is a pity the Singapore authorities have banned her same-sex marriage new single and music video, "We're All Different, Yet the Same" (??????). The agent said that Tsai has expressed her support for marriage equality through her music. Although it is a pity that the song featuring same-sex marriage has been banned in the city state, Tsai will respect "different views," the agent said. In the music video, Tsai and Taiwanese actress Ruby Lin (???) lock lips in a wedding setting. Singapore's Media Development Authorities (MDA) told the BBC May 25 that after discussion, it reached the decision to ban the song. MDA has advised local broadcasters not to air the song and music video on channels that are freely accessed by younger viewers due to its mature content. Paerin Choa, spokesman for Singapore's pro-gay group Pink Dot, said it was regrettable that the MDA reached such a decision. This kind of censoring bans even "positive scenes" depicting the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community, leaving just negative stereotypes of the community, Choa added. This is not the first time a Taiwanese singer's work has been banned in Singapore for containing homosexual content. In June last year, famous Taiwanese singer Ah-mei (Chang Hui-mei ???) was told not to perform "Rainbow" -- a song that suggests same-sex love -- during a music festival in the Southeast Asian country. The reason she was given for the ban was that the local authorities could not make sure no teenagers would attend the festival, which was a public event, and so songs with adult content should not be sung. (By Sabine Cheng and Lilian Wu)

Updated : 2021-09-21 00:48 GMT+08:00