StarHub fined for lesbian kiss


CANNES -- Singapore's dominant pay TV operator, StarHub Cable Vision, has been fined just over $7,000 for allowing a lesbian kiss on air, according to a notice published Wednesday by the Media Development Authority of Singapore.

The kiss aired in a commercial for singer Olivia on MTV's Mandarin channel in November last year.

"Within the commercial, romanticized scenes of two girls kissing were shown and it portrayed the relationship as acceptable. This is in breach of the TV advertising guidelines, which disallows advertisements that condone homosexuality," the notice said.

The MDA said it has decided to levy the financial penalty because of the "severity of the breach" and because "the commercial was aired on a youth-oriented TV channel."

This is not the first time StarHub has landed in hot water for letting lesbians on air.

In October 2006, the MDA fined the cable operator $6,500 for an episode of Zone Reality series "Cheater," which contained footage of lesbian sex acts, including a woman tied to a bed in a bondage session with two other women.