DSTV filtering out LGBTI content says TV guru

DStv will not air an episode of Nickelodeon series The Loud House, which portrays two gay dads in an interracial marriage dropping off their son at a party.

This particular scene was deemed "inappropriate" by certain African countries, that in accordance with their broadcasting laws, don’t allow the featuring of same-sex parents on its airwaves.

Jared Orlin, TV expert and Deputy Editor of TV Plus Magazine, explains why a liberal country like South Africa is punished for laws in other countries.

According to Orlin, Nickelodeon is aired across the entire continent. What is viewed in Nigeria is also seen in South Africa, he says.

Potentially, other people's biases is penalising the South African audience, discriminating our viewing content.

Jared Orlin, TV expert and Deputy Editor of TV Plus Magazine

He says South Africa will also not see the second season of I am Cait, the much talked about reality TV show about the life and journey of Caitlyn Jenner who came out as transgender last year.

We are not going to see the second season of that show because people in other countries complained and because we have the same feed for the entertainment network.

Jared Orlin, TV expert and Deputy Editor of TV Plus Magazine

I think it's ridiculous. if there's something on TV that you don't like change the channel and watch something else, it's really that simple.

Jared Orlin, TV expert and Deputy Editor of TV Plus Magazine

According to Orlin, DSTV had said the particular episode will be available on DSTV Catch-up and Nickelodeon website.

Listen to the full conversation below:

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