Lesbian footage and other disturbing scenes

I read with consternation that Starhub Cable Vision was fined $10,000.00 by the MDA for screening lesbian footage when the ‘reality‘ show ‘Cheaters‘ was screened.

How could I have missed that episode?

For those not familiar with Cheaters, it’s a program that is so bad, it’s good. The last time I watched it, they featured a cheating boyfriend, caught on camera f***ing another woman in his girlfriend’s living room. The footage was then shown to the victim (the girlfriend who engaged the Cheaters crew) outside the restaurant the cheating boyfriend was dining at with the other woman.

This was so that the victim would be riled up enough to put on a good show of confronting the cheater and his ho.

Compelling exploitative television, and disturbing only because of its exploitative nature.

And so the cable company was fined $10,000 for showing lesbian footage, even when the offending bits were pixelated the same way as the offending bits of the heterosexual cheating acts like the one I watched.

From Yawning Bread, I found that there was such a thing as the Programme Code for Subscription Television, Para. 4.2 of which reads:

Information, themes and subplots on lifestyles such as homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexualism, transvestism, paedophilia and incest should be treated with utmost caution. Their treatment should not in anyway promote, justify or glamorise such lifestyles. Explicit depictions of the above should not be broadcast.


Homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexualism, transvestism are lifestyles?

Wait some more.

Paedophilia and incest are lifestyles?

Though I’m not sure if ‘Cheaters’ has been pulled from the channel completely (where it was slated under the ‘Family Tier’ of SCV’s offerings), I must say that there is something incongruent with the fine and the fact that Channel 5 recently aired the movie ‘The Salton Sea‘ without so much as a complaint letter to the Forum – there were enough drug references and drug usage in the first half hour of the movie alone to put down a horse.

Almost as shocking as the time when I was thirteen, and the whole family sat down after dinner one night to enjoy a pirated tape copy of ‘An Officer and a Gentleman‘. Nothing prepared us for the quite explicit, though quite stylised sex scene between Richard Gere and Debra Winger.

Those were the longest three minutes of our young lives, as my parents, brother, sister and myself sat, transfixed because we didn’t want to look at each other, mortified because we were wondering how much more explicit the scene would get.

Thankfully, the scene ended, and my sister broke the silence, saying ‘wah, never censor one ah?’

We couldn’t muster anything to add to that comment, so traumatised we were. It was only a few years later that I borrowed the movie again to really follow the story.

My family never sat down to watch another video together again. If I remember correctly, we went from watching E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial to An Officer and a Gentleman to nothing.

Um, so… don’t complain about censorship ok? It saves you from embarrassing family moments like that.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Marjorine from the album “The Very Best of Joe Cocker” by Joe Cocker of which I have the original CD.

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Thanks to lifts, my face is planted

What else is in Fiona Xie's handbag?Maybe, just maybe, Clarins Singapore‘s marketing people have gotten it wrong by getting Fiona Xie to be their new face.

A friend of ours was shopping for facial products, and Clarins was on of the options she was considering before she stepped out to shop, but when she saw the new face of Clarins adorning their kiosks at Robinsons, she said something to the effect of ‘I was going to buy Clarins stuff, but now got Fiona Xie, yee’.

I’d agree if I were a woman wanting to buy women’s facial products because I wouldn’t want to be Fiona Xie.

But maybe the strategy is in getting men to buy Clarins products for women because the men want women to look like Fiona Xie.

If that were so, then it’d be a brilliant marketing strategy, because I know of countless men who have bought their female acquaintances Osim uZaps and Marigold fruit drinks.

But I’m sure Clarins has a tried and trusted range of products that don’t require a large poster of Fiona Xie with the tagline, ‘thanks to plants, my face is lifted’. You just have to look past the glossy posters and just trust the stuff. Just like SKII (‘thanks to chromium and neodymium, my face will stay this way forever”).

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Funny Face from the album “Menuhin & Grappelli Play Gershwin” by Yehudi Menuhin & Stephane Grappelli of which I have the original CD.

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Watching TV. Be right back.

Be right back

Thank you Starhub Cable Vision for so many free preview channels while the country is hunkered down indoors sheltering from the Haze.

iTunes is playing an illegal copy of Television from the album “Labour Of Love – The Music of Nick Lowe” by Marshall Crenshaw of which I have the original CD.

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