NTUC assistant director apologises for racist comment "Sex. FamilyValues" had originally been rated suitable for viewers aged 18 and above, but a review panel concluded that one of the three stories in the minute independent movie was unsuitable for public exhibition. Despite the ban, a trailer showing local film and stage star Adrian Pang making fun of a co-actor's Indian ethnicity in a story entitled "Porn Masala" could still be viewed Tuesday on the film's official website. The website described the movie, which premiered last week and was due to open in a cinema for a limited run on Thursday, as "three iconoclastic stories in a short film that pitches political correctness out the window of Singapore mainstream cinema". Singapore has relaxed censorship rules on film nudity and violence in recent years. But it has strict laws against inciting racial or religious hatred in a predominantly ethnic Chinese society with Malay and Indian minorities.
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Synopsis[ edit ] Billed as "three dirty stories from the world's cleanest city", the film is described by its makers as "pitch[ing] political correctness out the window of Singapore mainstream cinema. Porn Masala is a satirical farce about a racist pornographer who casts an Indian actor in his movie after mistaking the latter for an African. The Bouncer tells the story of nightclub bouncer whose life is upended when he encounters a rebellious teenage pole dancer. Controversy[ edit ] In June , Sex. FamilyValues was acquired by distributor Cathay Cinemas, making it the first short film to obtain a solo theatrical release in Singapore. However, a day after its premiere on 5 October , Singapore's Media Development Authority MDA revoked the film's M18 classification and banned the film following complains from Indians who had viewed the trailer containing the racial content,  alleging that Porn Masala contained scenes which were offensive to Singapore's Indian community.
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It touches on issues of race, sex and conventional family values, and seeks to challenge the preconceptions that our society holds of these issues. The first short was nice and witty, and the there were little clues throughout that hinted at the innovative twist. The whole short was little fast though, and the punchline could have been given a little more time to breath. The second short, Porn Masala, was the most controversial of the lot for its alleged racist bent.
The MDA had revoked the comedy's original M18 classification for a review last Saturday after receiving public feedback. Different versions of the film's trailers had been circulating on the Internet for several weeks. The revised rating yesterday came after members of the Films Consultative Panel, made up of members of the public representing the spectrum of Singaporeans, watched the film.