According to Gay Star News, Obama’s segment congratulating DeGeneres on her role in gay rights progression was cut from the Feb. 23 broadcast on the channel.
DeGeneres thanked Obama for his dedication to LGBT rights in the episode, which originally aired on Feb. 14 in the U.S. Obama responded by thanking DeGeneres for the work she has done as a gay entertainment icon.
“As much as we’ve done with laws and ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ et cetera, changing hearts and mind…I don’t think anybody has been more influential than you on that,” Obama told DeGeneres who became teary eyed over the praise.
“You being willing to claim who you were, that suddenly empowers other people,” Obama continued. “And then suddenly, it’s your brother, it’s your uncle, it’s your best friend, it’s your co-workers. And then attitudes shift. And the law is followed, but it started with folks like you. I’m so proud of you.”
Gay Star News reports that in addition to Obama’s segment being censored, Michelle Obama wishing DeGeneres and wife Portia de Rossi Happy Valentine’s Day was also cut from the broadcast.
Channel 5 in Singapore is owned by Mediacorp, a government-owned broadcaster that controls seven television channels in the city-state.
Mediacorp caused controversy in the city-state when it hired Adam Lambert to perform during its on air New Year’s Eve celebration. The performer choice caused a petition for Lambert’s removal due to his “acts of indecency.”