So what if Gandalf is Gay?

Sir Ian McKellen, who played Gandalf the Gay Gray in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings visited Singapore recently to play King Lear in Shakespeare’s King Lear. CNA interviewed him and over Singapore national television announced that,

It’s not exactly okay to sodomize your male partner in Singapore too, much less have oral sex. It’s a criminal offense. So what do you do when an actor as magnetic as Ian comes to do theater in Singapore? You shut up and let him do what he does best: wow Singaporean audiences.

Singapore’s tourism strategy is to promote itself as an epicenter for arts and culture in this region.

Seems that Malaysia is not spared from embarrassing encounters with the rainbow league too. But this is much much more than a friendly trip down to the playhouse. Rev. Ouyang plans to open a church here in Malaysia and has held his first service in a hotel here.

The pastor is homosexual and open about it.

Of course, the mainstream tabloids newspapers did a story and he seems to be public enemy no. 1 after

Muslim-majority Malaysia will block a plan by the country’s first and only openly gay pastor to establish a church embracing homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals, a minister said on Monday.

Reverend Ouyang Wen Feng, an ethnic Chinese Malaysian ordained in the US, caused controversy after saying he wanted to set up the church by 2010.

The government would block the plan, Tourism Minister Adnan Tengku Mansor told AFP, adding the country had always sought to portray itself as a “family-oriented” holiday destination.

“We have no intention of being portrayed the same way like other cities such as Bangkok or those other cities in that league,” Mansor said, apparently referring to the Thai capital’s sex industry.

Whatever our views towards being gay, being a pastor and running churches, you must admit that what Mansor said is quite undiplomatic (towards Thailand).

That aside, what concerns me more however is highlighted in bold. Is it right for the government to intervene into an internal religious affair concerning Christians? Back off Mansor, opening a church has nothing to do with tourism.

Dangerous precedents in the making.


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moogleBorn and bred in KL, Malaysia. Now studying for his Phd in Singapore. Learning to walk one fall at a time.
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