South Africa 21.7.2016 05:40 pm

Viacom Africa filters out gay dads from DStv

The gay dads and their son. PHOTO: Facebook.

The gay dads and their son. PHOTO: Facebook.

Viacom has reassured its subscribers that the episode with interracial gay dads will not air on DStv’s channel 305 (Nickelodeon).

DStv will not air an episode of Nickoledeon series The Loud House showing two gay dads in an interracial marriage.

Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) has reassured its subscribers that the episode will not air on DStv’s channel 305.

VIMN Africa described the show as an animated series “about the comedy and chaos of family life in all its forms”.

But some forms do not qualify as “family life”, it suggests, “since Nickelodeon strives to ensure that content respects the varying traditions and family values in each country”.

This means that sub-Saharan Africa, including South African subscribers, some of whom include LGBT+ families and individuals, will not get to see the episode.

DStv seems to be increasingly filtering out content that features LGBT+ people and themes, as the pay-TV company last month blocked all its viewers across the continent, including South Africa, from watching Jenner’s reality show following “repeated complaints” from the public in Nigeria.

Caitlyn Jenner came out as transgender last year and premiered her show last year, which followed Jenner’s life.

Although the programming on some DStv channels can be tailored for specific regions, E! entertainment, the channel that airs I am Cait, streams uniformly across the continent.

After a series of questions from MambaOnline, Multichoice tersely responded: “E! Entertainment is a channel we share across many African territories, including Nigeria. The Nigerian Regulator has advised MultiChoice that the programme I Am Cait transgresses its regulatory code, which is why the series had to be removed from the channel. MultiChoice however still provides a large variety of entertaining and educational programming, and continuously strives to appeal to every lifestyle through its diversity of content.”

A petition has appeared online demanding that Multichoice stop banning LGBT shows from its channels, as it is not the first time Multichoice has pulled a show off the air because of LGBT-themed content. The reality show about transgender girl Jazz Jennings, I am Jazz, was removed from TLC programming last year.

 

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