Pakistani commentators have responded on Twitter to the news that they will be getting their own version of Glee with statements that are anything but gleeful.
Ibrahim Hanif, who is studying masters in theology in Pakistan, tweeted: ‘Liberals’ in Pakistan push their extremist views with Pakistan’s first homosexual soap opera’.
Osama Ashfaq was also unimpressed, tweeting: ‘Do people of Pakistan seriously want their children to grow up in such a society where Taboo issues are no longer Taboo?’
”¨Irfan Ali said: ‘No answer to MIT, Yale, Space shuttle or silicon valley but Pakistani TV smashes taboos with its answer to Glee’.
The tweets were reported by Al Jeereza in response to the news that the strictly Muslim country would be getting a musical TV show set in a Lahore high school, featuring a gay couple.
Director Samar Raza told AFP that they have to be careful representing a relationship between two male characters, as gay male sex is still illegal in Pakistan.
‘Let’s say in a certain scene, there are two boys talking to each other, they are not allowed to show their physical attachment to each other,’ said Raza. ‘So I bring a third character who says: "God designed Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve".’
The 26-episode series will start showing on TV in Pakistan in September or October.
See behind the scenes of filming Taan in this package from AFP (in French):