MDA to take action over Les Miserables same-sex kiss
A kissing scene between two male actors has been removed from the musical Les Miserables after complaints from members of the public.
In a statement to The New Paper today (June 11), a spokesman for the Media Development Authority (MDA) confirmed that action will be taken against the production for the breach of licensing conditions.
The spokesman said: "The inclusion of the same-sex kiss was not highlighted in the script when it was submitted to MDA for classification.
The performance was thus given a 'General' rating.
Upon receiving feedback from members of the public, MDA reviewed the performance and confirmed that the scene was present.
MDA advised the applicant that the inclusion of this particular scene meant that the performance had exceeded the 'General' rating issued.
Under our classification code, such a scene would fall under an 'Advisory' rating.
The applicant decided to remove the scene so as to keep the 'General' rating for the rest of its run.
MDA will take action against this breach of licensing conditions."
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