Based on 2015’s coming of age fiction Simon vs. The Homosapien Agenda by Becky Albertalli, Love, Simon is a teenage romance that sports high school senior Simon as the gay protagonist. The movie was perfectly set for release in India on 1st of June, the beginning of the Gay Pride Month worldwide but ironically enough, the movie was banned by the Censor Board of India.
The movie aims at normalizing Gay romance with the hope of including the LGBTQ+ in the society but many parents are against the idea of letting their children watch “such movies” and the uncertainty of the release of Love, Simon in India only strengthens their misguided illusion. While sexually explicit scenes pass the Censor Board unscathed, high school romances have to face the scissors of the Board.
Gay Movies do not make your Children Gay
The movie could have been a huge step towards the representation of the minority homosexual populace, giving them the lead voice instead of just peripheral roles.The sudden decision to not release Love, Simon has disappointed many people. Nevertheless, people are trying their best to make the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) notice this unfair treatment to a simple teen LGBTQIA+ movie by creating petitions and trending hashtags like #LoveSimon and
#ReleaseLoveSimoninIndia on social media.
Not just Love, Simon, previously movies like like Unfreedom, Fire and The Pink Mirror have also been banned in India. The theme of gay intimacy seems to much to take for the Indian audience. For now the movie’s release date has been pushed back indefinitely.