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“Love, Simon”, a Hollywood romantic comedy-drama about a gay 17-year-old boy, has been rated R21 here. In its film classification online, the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) noted that the “central theme of the film revolves around a homosexual character coming to terms with his identity as a homosexual”. It also said that “stronger and more explicit portrayal and more exploration of mature themes are allowed” only under the R21 Classification Guidelines. Some Singaporeans are unhappy about the rating, and a petition calling for IMDA to lower the age restriction to NC-16 has garnered more than 18,000 signatures as of last night.

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