LGBT Pride: Logo TV censoring itself to raise awareness of global anti-gay issues
Update: A rep for Viacom confirmed to EW that Logo’s Day of Disruption will be postponed to a later time in light of the shooting at the Orlando gay bar, Pulse. The network will instead air spots that “provide information on the tragedy and ways our audience can support the victims, their families and the LGBT community in Orlando.” The original article continues below.
LGBT network Logo TV will be censoring its own LGBT content, but with good reason.
Viacom announced this Monday, June 13 will mark the channel’s “Day of Disruption.” According to a press release, this “will provide a glimpse at what life could be like if you lived in a country where LGBT people can’t turn on the television, open the newspaper, or go to social media to see positive and relatable images.”
The Disruption, launched as part of the Global Ally Project, will begin at 10 a.m. during the marathon of RuPaul’s Drag Race. During that time, black bars will appear across the eyes of LGBT contestants and guests, drag outfits will be pixelated, and pro-LGBT messages will be bleeped. Content will similarly be censored on LogoTV.com, NewNowNext.com, and Logo’s social media channels.
Jason Collins, Geena Rocero, Omar Sharif Jr., and Gus Kentworthy are among the guests scheduled to appear on the network throughout the day to discuss the problem of censorship of the LGBT community throughout the world, including countries like Russia, as shown in HBO’s 2014 documentary Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia.
At the end of the Disruption, Logo will then air at 9 p.m. the documentary Out of Iraq, about an Iraqi soldier and an Iraqi translator for the U.S. military who face violence, discrimination, and death after falling in love. The film debuted this year at the Los Angeles Film Festival.