Gay film pulled out of the festival in the last minute

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The classic film Paris Is Burning has been removed from a Singaporean film festival at the last minute and the organizers say it was necessary to avoid controversy. In a move widely criticised by LGBT activists in Singapore, Paris Is Burning was removed from the programme of the 2018 M1 Singapore Fringe Festival which initially worked with the LGBT film group The Glory Hoes to show the iconic documentary in the festival in January, but it was removed from the line-up. “[The organisers] were afraid that the inclusion of this event in the programme could be spun to look like ‘the Fringe is celebrating the LGBT lifestyle.’ 1 has expressed that their continued funding of the Fringe is predicated on 2018 being a year free of controversy. The Glory Hoes consider this position to be queer erasing, homophobic and queer bashing,” the group’s Facebook page reads. The group also added that the documentary has already been approved by the Singaporean regulatory body which classifies films that are shown in the country which is rather conservative to LGBT community and does not recognize it.

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