The Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs conducted raids on 11 Swatch watch boutiques, seizing watches from the “Pride Collection” due to their association with the LGBTQ+ community. The raids followed a social media post linking the watches to Coldplay’s support for the community. The CEO of Swatch expressed disappointment, emphasizing that the collection promotes peace and love.
Mediacorp’s TV drama “Silent Walls” has received criticism from some members of the LGBTQ community for perpetuating harmful gay stereotypes. The criticism was primarily driven by an article from online LGBTQ+ publication Dear Straight People, which called out the relationship between two characters, citing their “problematic” large age gap as well as reinforcing the harmful stereotype that gay men are predators and groomers. The storyline was also criticized for implying that gay men are all diseased and promiscuous, suggesting that gay couples will always meet a tragic fate.