25 July 2016
By Taliesin Cormach - QL SA
Homophobic Africa dictates what South Africans can and cannot watch on DSTV.
Bending to the African continent's homophobic will Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa last week "reassured" its DStv subscribers in South Africa and the rest of Africa that it would NOT be airing an episode from animated Nickelodeon series, The Loud House, which features gay parents.
The specific episode features an interracial, married gay couple in a very short scene during which they are dropping off their son at a party.
The innocent scene was deemed "inappropriate" by certain African countries that according to their broadcasting laws don’t allow the featuring of same-sex parents on its airwaves.
However in South Africa, where gay marriage is legal, there is no law prohibiting the airing of the episode. And yet it got banned from South African TV as well in a new display of homophobia by Viacom Africa.
Because VIMN only has one feed that broadcasts to the entire African content the episode was subsequently also removed from South African TV.
VIMN said that it is "committed to diversity and inclusiveness" but had to pull the episode due to "regulatory codes in certain markets".
South African viewers are thus being censored by the laws in other African countries.
This isn’t the first time that South Africa was forced to bow down to homophobic Africa.
In October 2015 Discovery Networks International that runs the TLC Entertainment channel on MultiChoice's DStv was forced to pull a docu-drama, I Am Jazz, about a transgendered teen's struggle and life journey just before it was to begin broadcast.
In May NBC Universal International Networks was suddenly forced to pull the second season of I Am Cait, a reality show about transgender Caitlyn Jenner from its E! Entertainment channel on MultiChoice's DStv making it unavailable for the entire Africa.