TO UPDATE: After Schitt’s Creek co-creator and star Dan Levy called Comedy Central India about editing a same-sex kiss from a Twitter video shown in an episode, a Comedy Central International spokesman replied that the scene in question had aired in full with no changes.

The spokesman said there are codes in India that require broadcasters to watch out for content that is on during the day. In other words, they need to make sure that it is kid-friendly and that the promo was shown on the network’s channels during the kid’s viewing hours.

The network said the kiss between the two men was “lingering, close, and passionate” while the other kisses were “fleeting” and a simple kiss. Apparently, a passionate kiss like that of Dustin Milligan’s character Ted and Levy’s David can pose a problem as to whether he’s same-sex or not. If this kiss had been between a man and a woman, it would not have been on the promo.

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The spokesperson added, “Comedy Central India supports and celebrates inclusivity and the LGBTQ + community.”

PREVIOUS: The Emmy-award-winning Schitt’s Creek series quickly became a touchstone of inclusivity and advocates of LGBTQ representation with its uplifting portrayal of the queer community. When the show’s co-creator and star Dan Levy saw a clip on Comedy Central India’s Twitter account that sparked a same-sex kiss between his character David and Dustin Milligan’s character Ted, he didn’t hesitate to give them a call.

The clip shows Levy and Mulligan as well as Schitt’s Creek characters Stevie (Emily Hampshire), Alexis (Annie Murphy) and Patrick (Noah Reid) spin the bottle. A kiss between Stevie and Alexis stayed in the clip, but when Ted turned the bottle and it landed on David, we see the two of them just before they kiss and then the kiss is cut out immediately.

“You showed the kiss between two women, you showed the kiss between a woman and a man and then removed the kiss between two men?” Levy tweeted. “This is a show about the power of inclusivity. The censorship of gay intimacy makes a harmful statement against this message. #Love is love “

This is not the first time that content has been censored in different countries. In fact, it is common. In 2015, the Censor Board of Film Certification blurred images from images of the Indian goddesses Lakshmi and Kali in the film Angry Indian Goddesses. They also censored words like “f * ck” and “slut” and even the word “Indian figure”. According to the New York Times, Turkey’s Supreme Radio and Television Council has fined Turkish broadcasters for excessive kissing and drinking. In addition, a network was fined for broadcasting an episode of 9-1-1 in which a gay couple kissed. And let’s not forget that China has eliminated LGBTQ content like same-sex kissing and the use of the word “gay” in Freddie Mercury’s biography Bohemian Rhapsody.

Check out the censored clip from Schitt’s Creek below (note that it’s Comedy Central India, not America).

You showed the kiss between two women, you showed the kiss between a woman and a man and then removed the kiss between two men? This is a show about the power of inclusivity. The censorship of gay intimacy makes a harmful statement against this message. #loveislove https://t.co/3ouNbuetq1

– Dan Levy (@danjlevy) October 6, 2020

I thought I made this pretty clear, but for those of you who are confused, it is a channel in India. @ComedyCentral in America doesn’t censor the show. They were kind and respectful. Thanks for your time. ✌🏼🙃

– Dan Levy (@danjlevy) October 6, 2020

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