03 Mar Drama, drama, drama!
WEDNESDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2009
So after the acclaim comes the drama! A popular TV show here in South Africa called Top Billing asked me to do their show, and then cancelled at the 11th hour because of the content of The World Unseen (ie the central relationship between Amina and Miriam).
This stance was leaked to the gay and lesbian groups here, and they have already provoked a response from Top Billing, which was that the show is a â€˜family showâ€™ about â€˜family valuesâ€™ and The World Unseen, while a great story, would be better suited to an â€˜adult-onlyâ€™ programme.
Iâ€™ve been asked for a reply, and considered whether or not to address this, but felt this issue is at the core of what The World Unseen is about, so have sent the following quote via our publicist here.
â€˜I was disappointed that the slot on The World Unseen was cancelled by Top Billing. While I am aware that any TV show is a business that has to cater to its audience, I would ask all companies with influence on the media in South Africa to keep in mind that they hold a powerful position and have the opportunity to encourage openness and dialogue by perhaps pushing the envelope a little now and then. The World Unseen is very much about challenging convention, about daring to think a little differently, about optimism and the capacity for change. It would be wonderful to feel that my characters are judged according to their core human values and their actions, rather than innate characteristics such as colour or sexuality. The character of Amina in The World Unseen is a dynamic, charismatic, intelligent woman who happens to be gay. Her values are in no way in conflict with â€˜family valuesâ€™ in the sense that she has great integrity, honour and kindness.â€™
Let me know what your views are…