THE YAOI DILEMMA

Bangkok Post - - LIFE -

Yaoi, or “boy’s love”, genre of fic­tions has been a hit in Thai­land in re­cent years. In book­stores, yaoi nov­els get their own shelf of doe-eye, maleto-male ro­mance that’s mostly en­joyed by young straight women. A few of these nov­els are get­ting their re­spec­tive screen adap­ta­tion as a teen se­ries.

Duen Kiao Duen, or Two Moons: The Se­ries, is one such novel that will soon come to life.

Duen Kiao Duen in­ter­twines youth­ful ro­mance and univer­sity life. The novel gar­nered more than 2 mil­lion views when first pub­lished on­line. All its male leads have been cast and were an­nounced last week. Thus be­gan the con­tro­versy.

Many fans of the novel weren’t pleased with the cast­ing choices. And Yot Korn­herun, se­ries pro­ducer, took to In­sta­gram to clar­ify the cri­te­ria his team fol­lowed dur­ing au­di­tions.

“The six lead ac­tors have to be straight. I’m not hat­ing or dis­crim­i­nat­ing against ‘the third gen­der’ [LGBTI] at all be­cause I be­long in that group, too. But we just think straight men are more suited for the roles,” wrote Yot on his In­sta­gram @ ohido­me­dia.

Ini­tially, when the team was pro­mot­ing the au­di­tions, the cast­ing call said it wel­comed LGBTI. How­ever, it’s quite ob­vi­ous they didn’t mean for lead­ing roles.

While the pro­ducer said, on his In­sta­gram, that the cast have to be able to act and en­gage in other roles in show­biz, no­body seems to care any­more. For some, out­rightly deny­ing gay men to star in a gay se­ries is just out­ra­geous and hyp­o­crit­i­cal.

The hash­tag #boy­cott2­moon­s­the­series is mak­ing its way round Twit­ter and Face­book. Still, that doesn’t seem to have any ef­fects on the team’s de­ci­sion. Not yet, any­way. It re­mains to be seen how the pro­duc­ers pro­ceed with the sit­u­a­tion.

The se­ries is ex­pected to air later this year.

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