Indonesia has banned men from behaving effeminately or dressing in women’s clothing on TV.
The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) issued a directive Tuesday (23 February) after receiving complaints from viewers.
The directive specifically banned:
- Men wearing feminine fashion
- Men wearing feminine make-up
- Feminine body language exhibited by men, including, but not limited to, walking style, sitting style, hand gestures and other behaviors
- Men speaking in a feminine way
- Depicting justifications or promoting that men can behave effeminately
- Depicting a man greeting another man in ways that are supposed to be for women
- Depicting terminologies and colloquial terms that are often used by effeminate males.
‘KPI assess these things are not in accordance with the respect for the norms of decency and morality in society and the protection of children and adolescents,’ it said on its website.
‘Airing this content thus can encourage children to learn and/or justify inappropriate behavior such as common in everyday life.’
The KPI issued a similar directive on 18 February asking broadcasters not to ‘promote’ LGBTI practice or behavior.
It defined promotion as the title/theme, storyline, presenters and panelists containing the message that homosexuality is ‘normal.’
The KPI’s is the latest in an onslaught against LGBTI rights in the Muslim-majority.
Last week, Indonesia’s largest Islamic group called for the criminalization of gay sex and LGBTI activism. And earlier this month, defense minister said the LGBTI movement was more dangerous than nuclear warfare.