MDA fines MediaCorp for gay scene


SINGAPORE -- MediaCorp TV Channel 5 has been fined S$15,000 (US$11,072) by the Media Development Authority (MDA) for airing an episode of the series, "Find and Design” that it saw as "normalizing" and "promoting" a gay lifestyle.

The MDA announced the fine Thursday night on its Web site. Under Singapore’s penal code, homosexuality is outlaw and punishable of up to two years, although prosecutions are rare.

In the episode concerned, aired January 13, the host helped a gay couple to transform their game room into a new nursery for their adopted baby. "The episode contained several scenes of the gay couple with their baby as well as the presenter's congratulations and acknowledgement of them as a family unit in a way which normalizes their gay lifestyle and unconventional family setup. This is in breach of the Free-to-Air TV Programme Code which disallows programmes that promote, justify or glamourise gay lifestyles," the MDA said.

Last year, the broadcaster was fined S$5,000 for airing a kissing scene between two lesbians in an episode of the CBS drama series "Without a Trace," while earlier this month, the MDA fined StarHub Cable Vision S$10,000 for airing a commercial that showed two women kissing.