[… V]iewers who caught recorded telecasts in the evening on STAR, an Asian satellite TV service that says it reaches more than 300 million viewers in 53 countries, noticed that the sound was removed whenever [winners Dustin Lance Black or Sean Penn] mentioned “gay” or “lesbian.”
[…] STAR’s preliminary ratings for the Oscar broadcasts indicated “record-breaking” audiences, especially in India and Taiwan.
The live broadcast was aired in its original form, unfortunately, the live broadcast was Monday morning across most of Asia and probably didn’t receive nearly the viewership the as the re-broadcast, which was aired in the evening.
The article only addresses utterances of the words “gay” and “lesbian” during the acceptance speeches and does not address the fate of the gay kisses seen in the video montages (although I would assume they saw a similar fate.)
Complaints from Malyasia, Singapore and India have surfaced so far. Given the criminalization of homosexuality in much of the region, it’s admirable anyone complained…
Milk‘s screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black, gave a particularly moving acceptance speech:
When I was 13 years old, my beautiful mother and my father moved me from a conservative Mormon home in San Antonio, Texas to California and I heard the story of Harvey Milk. And it gave me hope. It gave me the hope to live my life, it gave me the hope to one day live my life openly as who I am and that maybe even I could fall in love and one day get married.
I want to thank my mom who has always loved me for who I am, even when there was pressure not to. But most of all, if Harvey had not been taken from us 30 years ago, I think he’d want me to say to all of the gay and lesbian kids out there tonight who have been told that they are less than by their churches or by the government or by their families that you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value and that no matter what anyone tells you, God does love you and that very soon, I promise you, you will have equal rights, federally, across this great nation of ours. Thank you, thank you, and thank you God for giving us Harvey Milk.