Leading South African-based entertainment company MultiChoice says it will no longer broadcast I am Cait, a reality TV show about the transgender journey of Caitlyn Jenner, previously known as Bruce Jenner, in order to abide by “regulatory environments” in Africa, and because of “concerns” raised by some of its customers.
The Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) ordered that the show be pulled, effectively censoring it for African viewers, South Africa’s Channel 24 entertainment site reports.
Condemning the decision as “shocking censorship”, its columnist Thinus Ferreira wrote:
While I Am Cait contains no violence, nudity or sex on a pay-TV channel that viewers can block with a parental control function, the show about the transgender journey of Caitlyn Jenner contains ideas that Nigerian authorities don’t want people to be exposed to.
Nigeria’s broadcasting censorship board has now effectively started a precedent where the one country’s programming banning decisions directly impacts what viewers in other countries, including South Africa, can and can’t see.”
Nigeria’s officials have not yet commented.
In a statement, MultiChoice said:
MultiChoice recognises the importance of respecting the views of a number of its customers and all regulatory environments within which its service operates.
After careful consideration, MultiChoice would like to inform its valued subscribers that the show will no longer air on the channel across our platforms.”
I am Cait was was shown on E! Entertainment Television on DStv channel 124 and GOtv channel 26.
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