‘Love, Simon’ Gets an r21 Rating in Singapore, Thousands Petition to Change Unjust Classification
Greg Berlanti’s delightful gay teen romantic comedy ‘Love, Simon’ won’t be seen in cinemas by anyone under 21 in Singapore.
The film has been rated R21 by the country’s Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), meaning unless you’re over 21, you can’t see it in a theater.
There is no legal protection against LGBTQ discrimination in Singapore, in fact, it is considered against the law in the country for two men to “commit” what the Penal Code viciously calls “gross indecency” — the maximum penalty is two years in prison.
Here’s the IMDA statement:
The theme of homosexuality, therefore, forms the main narrative of the film as the protagonist is portrayed to overcome his fear of being rejected as a gay male; and coupled with the support of his friends, gradually gains confidence to seek out the real identity of his love interest. According to the R21 Classification Guidelines “stronger and more explicit portrayal and exploration of mature themes are allowed.”
‘Love, Simon’ is currently rated PG-13 (13 years and up) in the U.S., Canada, Malaysia and the Philippines. The UK, Ireland and Brazil has rated it for 12 years and over, while in South Korea and Australia it’s rated 15+. The film has no age restriction in Finland, the Netherlands or Germany’.
‘Love, Simon’ isn’t the first film to face homophobic classification in Singapore. Barry Jenkins’ Best Picture winner Moonlight was “Passed Clean” with an M18 rating, but with an advisory of “Some Homosexual Content.”http://sambagblog.com/2018/04/03/love-simon-gets-r21-rating-singapore-thousands-petition-change-unjust-classification/http://sambagblog.com/gallery/2018/04/lovesimonr21-640x303.jpghttp://sambagblog.com/gallery/2018/04/lovesimonr21-120x57.jpgGay Issues