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18 Jul 2017

Screening of ‘Gay’ Film Cancelled in Malaysia After Protests

Several Islamist groups pressured Penang cinema to cancel Vietnamese movie ‘Lost in Paradise’

The Performing Arts Centre of Penang in Malaysia cancelled a screening of Vietnamese film ‘Lost in Paradise,’ which contains a gay storyline, on Tuesday amid opposition from Islamist groups.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the film that was scheduled for viewing has now been replaced,” the performing arts centre’s Facebook announced on Tuesday.

“Our management said the movie is unsuitable for screening due to its sensitive subject. So we decided to replace it,” a  spokesman was quoted saying by New Straits Times (NST).

Islamist group Jaringan Muslimin Pulau Pinang (JMPP) chairman Hafiz Nordin said the organiser should have been more careful in selecting the movie genre, according to the NST.

“If they really are Malaysians, they should know that such movies should not be screened for the public even if it is done at their premises. This can be construed by some as a way of promoting homosexuality in our country,” he said.

Pro-Islamist portals IsmaWeb and menara.my also reportedly ran articles protesting the screening.

The film, directed by Vu Ngoc Dang, portrays the love triangle between three men amid a backdrop of male prostitution.

It has been shown among others at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, and the Busan International Film Festival.


Reader's Comments

1. 2017-07-18 19:43  
Religion... again.
2. 2017-07-19 08:18  
Fact: Not all Malaysians are Muslim, so it seems that this reaction to the protest being enacted on behalf of all Malaysians is akin to Big Brother knowing what is Suitable for the Masses, in terms of works of art that they are allowed or barred from experiencing. Clearly the cultural norms of Malaysia are dictated by the resident oligarchy, the same one that seems to deny a better life, no matter where that group of people might be on the Globe.
3. 2017-07-19 09:31  
Apparently these groups didn't get the memo that this is the 21st Century !
4. 2017-07-19 14:20  
The film was released in 2011.

It's not the best.

5. 2017-07-20 08:24  
There are MILLIONS of gay Muslims, so it is time for the Islamic community to WAKE up and move into the 21st century and start accepting that fact.
6. 2017-07-20 10:53  
how stupid! malaysians need to wise up and get their fuckin heads out of the 18th century, honey! you asians, i tell you, so dumb!!
7. 2017-07-20 20:09  
i guess most gay muslims will download it from internet or myby they think muslims cannot be gay
8. 2017-07-20 22:41  
@6: if you think Asians are so dumb, what are you doing on this site?
9. 2017-08-01 13:32  
The film has more than one story line, but the main one is gay. It is interesting that in Vietnam, one of the actors who is gay, went on to TV and was on their Dancing with the Stars, and on other programs. Sad that the Muslims forced the theater not to show the movie. But that is better than in the US where a Muslim shot and killed about 45 folks at a gay club in Orlando, Florida.

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