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Indonesian broadcasters ban ‘womanish’ onscreen behaviour

The Indonesian Broadcast Commission (KPI) has restated the ban that prohibits local television stations from showing male actors act in a feminine way.

KPI received complaints from the public who was afraid that the content would somehow influence the younger generation that such behavior is 'normal', which then lead KPI to issue a letter according to The Jakarta Post.

The letter also lists a few rules of behavior that male talents are required to follow when appearing on screen such as not appearing in woman's clothing, wear make up and not using the female body language.

The policy is so strict that actors are even not allowed to speak in a feminine way, encourage other men to behave as such, call a man by a woman's name and even use terms and expressions commonly associated with the ladies.

KPI insisted that the rules were part of its 2012 Broadcasting Programme Standards that requires the production houses to respect the countries religious and cultural norms.

The Jakarta Post added that the commission has enforced its ruling in the past when Indonesian comedian Kabul Basuki, who shot to fame as a transvestite named Tessy, was banned from appearing on television in 2009.


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