Quick Index
 Adult Industry News
Search AINews Database
Type Keyword or Phrase Here
Advertise with AINews Pornography feminists unshackle their desires and celebrate their sexuality in the patriarchal world

Front Page
Film News
Media News
Business News
Clubs & Appearances
Law & Politics
Internet & Mobile News
Lifestyles Arts Health Charity
Letters to the Editor
Movie Spotlight Reviews
Pornstar Pages
AINews Staff
Ad Rates
PR 101: Press Release Service

Porn for GEEKS! Meet me & my friends!

Brea Bennett at Twistys

April 01, 2000 09:41am
Hong Kong Bans 'Chocolate' Poster
Source: News Wire

Hong Kong has no problem with showing the Canadian lesbian coming-out film Better Than Chocolate in theaters, but its Television and Entertainment Licensing Authority (TELA) has banned use of the poster for the film. The poster shows two women embracing, with the naked back of one visible including a portion of her derriere; in some versions, the film title is spelled out in chocolate on her back. Hong Kong activists charge that a double standard is at work, in a city where ads commonly feature near-nude photos of women and newspapers run reviews of brothels. On March 30 a group of gays and lesbians protested the ban outside the theater where the film is showing, and literally demonstrated -- by hug! gi! ng each other.

Spokesperson for the demonstrators was Anthony Yeung Ki-man of Gaystation, a Web site featuring a nightly audio Webcast. He noted that no "private parts" were visible in the Chocolate posters while many other approved posters for films in the same category were more revealing. He said TELA equates homosexuality with indecency.

First Distributors Hong Kong, which is handling Chocolate there, agreed with the gays and lesbians. A spokesperson said that the firm had offered to cover the buttocks on the poster with text but was told by TELA that the public wouldn't approve because it is a lesbian film.

In a statement, TELA insisted it had uniformly applied the Film Censorship Guidelines as prescribed by the Film Censorship Ordinance, which it said were designed to shield youngsters from materials "which are offensive to public morality, decency and ordinary good taste."

Hong Kong's Equal Opportunities Commission supported TELA, denying any discrimination in the case, while affirming the Commission's respect for gays and lesbians.

The romantic comedy by director Anne Wheeler was one of Canada's most successful films of 1999, with US$2.5-million in revenues. It's been nominated for a GLAAD Media Award by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD will hold the first of three awards ceremonies on April 2) and was voted #5 of the Top Ten Queer Films of the Year in an online poll by PlanetOut's PopcornQ (Oscar-heavy American Beauty was only #3). It premiered at the Berlinale in February 1999, and while it didn't win a prize, it did win a favorable review from Variety. Critics have been fairly unanimous that it's a feel-good film that wraps some serious message in a package of light comedy and genuine eroticism.! ! Its subplot regarding censorship problems with Canada Customs is rather timely since the Canadian Supreme Court this month heard the long-running lawsuit by Vancouver's Little Sisters Bookstore. The film is now available on video from TriMark. It's been running in Hong Kong for about two weeks.

While there's nothing in the poster to disturb Canadian standards, Chocolate did run into advertising problems in the U.S. -- not because of the graphic but because of the "L" word. The blurb in question read in full, "One of the best lesbian movies ever! Sexy! Funny! A total refreshing delight!" Oklahoma's Tulsa World newspaper ran an ad but omitted the word "lesbian," saying that by policy it never uses "lesbian," "gay" or even "straight." San Diego's Union-Tribune newspaper was ready to turn down the ad because of the "lesbian" reference, but under pressure from TriMark, GLAAD and others, changed its policy and ran it.

Advertise with AINews



Top Stories

The Roast of April O'Neil

McCullough, Rai on Inside

Morgan, Foxxx CoHo XRCO

Big Ass Rubdown ~ Reviewer Rated

Avengers XXX2: An Axel Braun Parody

MWA: 05/03/18

MWA: 04/29/18

MWA: 04/28/18

Natasha Nice Free Agent

Holly Hendrix Self Booking

CDC: Undetectable HIV

2018 XRCO Nominees

Inside The Industry 04/25/2018


Natasha Nice Gangbang

Amateur Introductions 26

Sex Expo NY 2018

2018 XRCO Awards Announced

Banks, Rose at Treasures

Anal Violation of Bonnie Grey ~ Reviewer Rated

Kiki Daire Hosting Karaoke 2.0 Tonight

Eros, a Short Film

MWA: 03/04/18

Lee Signs Victoria June

Maxine X Voted #1

Czernich Releases Heavy Rubber 37

Legal Panel: Weinstein, #MeToo

Strip Club Rock Festival Promotion

Natasha Nice Spring Schedule

MWA: 02/28/18

APAG Investigates Abuse

Nikki Benz at Sapphire NY

Kelli Roberts' Novel Bad Night

Consent Checklist

Nice Girls Swallow 10

Stories From

Film News

Morgan, Foxxx CoHo XRCO

Avengers XXX2: An Axel Braun Parody

2018 XRCO Nominees

2018 XRCO Awards Announced

Eros, a Short Film

Amateur Introductions 26

Nice Girls Swallow 10

Lisa Ann is Back

Severe's Corrupted Screens at CineKink

Gamer Girls on DVD

Black Loads Matter

Baumgartners Wins Best Polyamory

Ryder Wins Best Screenplay

Burlesque Documentary

Bad Babes Inc

Bush is Back

Phillips, Valentina Deliver BJs

Royal Empire Productions

Vivid's Sex Tape Wish List

I Love 80s Porn Contest

Bunny De La Cruz AVN Nom

2017 XRCO Date, Location

Not Traci Lords XXX

Diesel Hits Anna Bell Peaks

Young Girl Auditions

Meanbitch's 'Femdom Jessa'

Airerose 4 NightMoves Noms

Lust Loves Big Boobs

KM's Morning Joe

Karen Fisher 2 New DVDs

Amateur Introductions 23

HoloFilm Release Poké a Ho

Film News Section Index

Ella Nova Covers Hairy Teens

August Ames Covers Beautiful Tits 3

Nadia Ali: No to Trump Scene

Sheri's Ranch Sex Tape

Cum Swallowing Auditions

Raven Bay Hammered

Briana Banks Returns

Gina Valentina's 1st IR

Deadly Famous

Amateur Allure 4 AVN Noms

Public Sex Adventures 2

Women Seeking Women Visited

Charles Manson to be Released!

Romantic Moments Revealed

Adult Film Festival

A French Documentary Like No Other

Night at the Erotic Museum

Lex's Tattooed Vixens 2

Lesbian Training Day 4

Ashley Sinclair Sex Tape

Poll: Caitlyn Jenner Do Porn

Raven Bay's Big Tits

5X Raven Bay

Copyright © 1998 - 2018 Adult Industry News (AINews.com)
All materials constituting text, articles, press releases, stories, columns, photographs, graphics, and code on the AINews.com domain are protected by copyright, and either owned by Adult Industry News (AINews.com), or reproduced with permission from other copyright owners. It may be downloaded and printed for personal reference, but not otherwise copied, altered in any way, or transmitted to others, without the written permission of Adult Industry News (AINews.com).