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NDP 2014 to remove all LGBT elements from performance celebration

Posted on 21 June 2014

This is to reflect Singapore’s conservative social values.

By David Tan

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In line with recent efforts aimed at ensuring that outdoor public events respect Singapore’s conservative social values, a sweeping set of changes to this year’s National Day Parade has been announced just months before the event itself is set to kick off.

These changes include the exclusion of any activities that may potentially be construed as being pro-LGBT.

Tong Xing Lian, a spokesman from the Singapore Armed Forces’s organising body behind the National Day Parade, said: “We recognise that the issue of LGBT rights is a sensitive one in Singapore.”

He continued: “Which is why we have removed all content that are likely to promote homosexual attitudes and lifestyles to respect the conservative views of Singaporean society.”

Among the events excluded from this year’s NDP parade include: Traditionally homosexual activities, such as singing and dancing in brightly coloured and heavily sequined clothing, as well as other potentially pro-LGBT events, such as the military march-past and the mobile column, which is the phallic imagery that will likely induce homosexual tendencies in young, impressionable youths.

To make up for all these celebrations that have been cut, this year’s parade will feature Singapore’s esteemed ministers and Members of Parliament dressed in white staring at an empty stage at the Marina Bay Floating Platform, all the while discussing the finer aspects of “constructive politics”.

This announcement comes after it was revealed that Taiwanese pop star A-Mei was advised by the Media Development Authority against performing the song Rainbow at the Spring Wave 2014 concert owing to the song’s objectionable pro-LGBT content.

 

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