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Samoa Bans ‘Rocketman’ from Cinemas Over Gay Sex Scenes

The South Pacific island nation of Samoa has banned the Elton John biopic Rocketman from cinemas over its gay sex scenes. AFP reports: ‘Samoa’s Principal Censor Leiataua Niuapu confirmed the ban to local media this week, saying the film contained too many scenes that were “not good for public viewing”. Niuapu told the Samoa Observer that the movie “violates laws against same-sex marriage and doesn’t go well with cultural and Christian beliefs here”. “It’s a good story, in that it’s about an individual trying to move on in life,” he...
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Alabama Church Will Screen Gay Episode of ‘Arthur’ After Public Television Refuses

A Methodist church in Birmingham, Alabama says it will screen the episode of the children’s show Arthur in which Mr. Ratburn reveals he is gay after Alabama Public Television said it would not broadcast the episode. RELATED: Alabama Public Television Won’t Show Mr. Ratburn’s Gay Marriage Episode of ‘Arthur’ and Has No Plans To AL.com reports: ‘First United Methodist Church is hosting a free screening of the Arthur episode “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” on June 15 at 10 a.m. The church is welcoming people of all ages to...
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Elton John and Taron Egerton Denounce Russian Censors for Cutting Gay Sex from ‘Rocketman’

Elton John and Taron Egerton are reacting over reports that Russia cut gay sex scenes from the new biopic Rocketman. The Guardian reported: “An estimated five minutes of footage have been cut from the film in an attempt to play down the sexuality of one of the world’s most famous gay celebrities for a conservative Russian audience. The cuts were first reported by Russian journalists after the film’s 30 May release in Moscow. Anton Dolin, a popular Russian film critic, wrote on Facebook that ‘all scenes with kissing, sex and...
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Alabama TV Station Won’t Show Mr. Ratburn’s Gay Marriage Episode of ‘Arthur’ and Has No Plans To

Alabama Public Television showed a re-run of Arthur rather than the groundbreaking episode in which Mr. Ratburn is revealed to be gay and married. NBC News reports: “Mike McKenzie, director of programming at APT, told NBC News on Monday that PBS sent a message to stations in mid-April alerting them ‘to possible viewer concerns about the content of the program.’ After he and others at APT viewed the episode, they decided not to broadcast it and showed a re-run instead. McKenzie said the network has no plans to air it.”...
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Activists Want a San Francisco High School Mural Removed, Saying its Impact Today Should Overshadow the Artist’s Intentions

One of the objectionable panels depicts a dead Native American. Dick Evans, CC BY For nearly a century, a massive mural by painter Victor Arnautoff titled “The Life of Washington” has lined the hallways of San Francisco’s George Washington High School. It may not be there much longer. The mural “glorifies slavery, genocide, colonization, manifest destiny, white supremacy oppression.” So said Washington High School’s Reflection and Action Group, an ad-hoc committee formed late last year and made up of Native Americans from the community, students, school employees, local artists and historians. It...
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Weibo is removing content with the #les hashtag

The Chinese microblogging website Sina Weibo has reportedly been removing posts and comments with the hashtag #les. The ban on the term, which is short for lesbian, was discovered by users who use the site’s “super topic” feature, where people can create online communities using a hashtag. Prior to its removal, the #les hashtag’s “super topic” had over 140,000 followers and 125,000 posts. #Les was also one of the most searched terms on Weibo before content attached to it was taken down. The Chinese non-profit organisation Beijing LGBT Centre says...
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