The Jakarta Post has reported that many of potential leaders of Indonesia’s top broadcasting body have voiced opposition to LGBT characters being shown on the television.
In large, the candidates argue that anything other than heterosexuality goes against the country’s values.
The Jakarta Post points to comments made by one of the contenders, Indonesian Television Academy (ATVI) mass communication lecturer Agus Sudibyo, Banten KPI chairman Ade Bujaerimi.
“Television must be free of LGBT. We should ban all programmes containing LGBT content,” Ade said.
Another frontrunner, news producer of private TV station Trans7 Arif Adi Kuswardono, said: “If they want to show their LGBT-ness, please do it, but not for screening on TV.”
“We respect pluralism, but TV should not accommodate such things. I’m sorry that not all things [related to pluralism] are acceptable,” he added.
As hostility towards LGBT has risen in the country over the last year, the KPI released a statement in February discouraging broadcasters from releasing programmes with LGBT content and effeminate men.
It claimed that such programming could encourage children and teenagers to behave indecently.
“KPI assess these things are not in accordance with the respect or the norms of decency and morality in society and the protection of children and adolescents. Airing this content thus can encourage children to learn and/or justify inappropriate behaviour such as common in everyday life,” the statement read.
I hope those mentioned in the article above realise it's better to allow visibility of all views, cultures, and sexualities.
When one considers the long sweep of historical attitudes toward, and sociocultural constructions of, sex and sexuality in general and homosexuality in particular, one is struck by the wide variety of methods adopted for accommodating less common sexual acts and preferences in the wider community. One also notes the overwhelming uniformity of the end result – same-sex acts and attractions are tolerated, accepted and embraced often including marriage. In most cultures throughout history, homosexuality has been allowed space to exist in public. The reality is that the vast majorities of cultures have accepted that same-sex attraction is simply a facet of the human condition. Christianity, on the other hand, has chosen to construct, sexual acts and sexuality in a manner that is wholly at odds with the pattern, which has been adopted by almost all other human cultures throughout recorded history. In other words, in the context of human history and culture, it is the Judeo-Christian Islamic response to homosexuality that is abnormal and unnatural.
Some people take the time to educate themselves and some just buy into generic untruths. Peer reviewed thoroughly annotated historical writing by historians using strict methodologies are available to those who make a bit of effort.
“Islamic Homosexualities Culture History and Literature”, Stephen Murray
Passions of the Cut Sleeve,The Male Homosexual Tradition in China, Bret Hinsch
"The Origin and Role of Same Sex Relations in Human Societies" by James Neil.
Sexual Variance in History, Vern Bulough
Homosexuality in History, Spencer Colin
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