Singapore has banned the song We’re All Different, Yet The Same by gay icon Jolin Tsai.
The song is based on the true story of a lesbian couple who have been together for more than 30 years. But when one was hospitalized due to old age and required emergency surgery, her partner was unable to give consent because she was not her legal spouse or family member.
In the accompanying video, Tsai marries actress Ruby Lin and the two share a kiss.
Singapore’s censorship board, the Media Development Authority, recently issued a document to all TV and radio stations banning the broadcast of the song, which it said promoted gay marriage and therefore contravened Singaporean law.
Gay sex is still technically illegal in the country.
Tsai’s manager said: ‘Jolin expressed her support for gay marriage through the music of We’re All Different, Yet The Same. She will feel it’s a pity, but respects different opinions.’
Singapore often deletes gay scenes from foreign films or bans them altogether. Last year, Taiwanese singer A-mei was not allowed to sing her gay anthem Rainbow at a music festival in the city.
Watch the video for We’re All Different, Yet The Same below: