Government-linked Singapore Press Holdings’ Kiss92FM is running on-air and online that promises Singaporean women a “Passionate affair” and an “Opulent stay” in the “Passion suite” at Singapore’s Scarlet hotel.
“Just heard a radio ad for a Girls’ Night Out in a “passion suite” w/ four-poster bed and luxury jacuzzi. I thought we didn’t like lesbians?” tweeted Singapore blogger Kirsten Han, according to mumbrella.asia.
The promotion running on Kiss92FM’s website reads: You and 3 of your best friends will check in for a night in a Passion Suite with an adjunct Deluxe Room.
“Kiss92 is a female targeted station, hence promotions such as our monthly Girls Night Out are held for our female target audience…In the past year, we have gotten fans who would see this as an opportunity for a girls bonding session and many of our Girls Night Out winners will come with their best friends, sisters, mothers and even daughters,” the station’s deputy head of marketing Serene Lim told mumbrella.asia.
News of the Kiss92FM promo, which concludes Sept 12 comes when BBC admitted that it had cut out a lesbian kissing scene from family drama Dr Who to comply with Singapore broadcast regulations.
According to Singapore’s broadcast code, “information, themes or subplots on lifestyles such as homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexualism, transsexualism, transvestism, pedophilia and incest” are not allowed.
Same-sex relations between consenting men are criminalized under Section 377A of the Penal Code of Singapore with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years. There is no law in Singapore equally specific to same-sex relations between women.
Both same-sex between men and between women are largely frowned upon and considered as socially unacceptable.