All it took was a quick smooch in the background to make Singaporean history and ignite passions over who gets to love – and who doesn’t.
After a couple in Beijing photobombed a CNA report with a same-sex kiss on live TV – a no-no both there and at home – most applauded what could have been the first same-sex kiss broadcast in the city state, except for the usual haters.
The moment an Asian and White man appeared to lock lips behind correspondent Low Minmin, who was covering a Winter Olympics opening ceremony watch party at a Beijing pub, was memorialized Saturday on Chinese platform Weibo before making its way to TikTok where it was suggested the spontaneous incident amounted to the channel “featuring a kissing gay couple for the first time.”
“HIS FACE,” a top TikTok comment read. “HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING AND IM LIVING FOR IT.”
@starrie7777 they can’t censor the ending pose 😍🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️🌈#singapore #channelnewsasia #cna #lgbt #lgbtq #gay #gaykiss #slay #beijing2022 #winterolympics ♬ Unstoppable – Sia
In the footage, the couple first step out of frame from behind Low before rushing back in for an embrace and kiss, hands around necks and all. As they walk back out of frame, the Asian man waggles his eyebrows and smirks at the camera.
Except for the jealous homophobes chiming in that it was “disgusting,” most cheered the PDA.
“[H]e’s like “let me have the honour to make history for the LGBTQ community,” Emiiiiiiiiiiss wrote.
“His look at the end was everything,” Bbilguun wrote.
Some just thought it wasn’t a big deal.
“Who the fuck cares,” Sabrina_sweets wrote.
“Why people are freaking out with people who showing off the love but okay with people who showing off the wars?” Dsrylm wrote.
Soon after its government began obsessing over masculinity last year, China cracked down on LGBT representation in social media. In Singapore, any material deemed to advocate homosexuality is banned from television, according to IMDA’s Internet Code of Practice.
Setting aside the old argument over representation vs. inducement, the kiss looked pretty good from here.
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