Recently, a major Russian TV channel changed a music video by Seventeen so that instead of bright rainbows, it featured foreboding gloomy clouds.
The action was taken in accordance with the country’s strict LGBT propaganda legislation. Reports from The Moscow Times claimed that TNT songs, a Russian television network, conducts a popular show dedicated to airing K-pop songs. The TV network decided to cut the rainbow scene out of Seventeen’s new music video for “God of Music” due to concerns that it might violate Russia’s ‘LGBT propaganda’ legislation.
TNT Music has been subject to fines in the past because of this regulation. In July, TNT Music’s parent business, Fonbet TV, incurred a fine of 1 million rubles (equal to $10,800) imposed by a Moscow court. This fine was imposed when the music video for Finnish artist Alma’s song “Summer Really Hurt Us” was aired and accused of spreading “LGBT propaganda.” As a result of these previous fines, the channel took a cautious approach with their most recent K-pop video, opting to replace the usual bright rainbows with gloomy grey clouds.
— allkpop (@allkpop) November 10, 2023
In addition, four different administrative charges might lead to a punishment for the channel totalling 16 million rubles (about $174,000). These accusations centre on what is called “LGBT propaganda” targeted at young people.
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As of 2013, it is illegal to spread “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations” to children in the country. President Vladimir Putin issued a law last year making it illegal to display non-traditional relationships and lifestyles in public, regardless of the age of the audience.
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