Malaysia recently made international headlines when it emerged that the Health Ministry is offering cash prizes of up to RM4,000 for the best videos on "gay prevention"
In a video competition launched via its official website, the Health Ministry called for teenagers and young adults from 13 to 24 years old to send in short videos addressing several topics under the 'Value Yourself, Practice Healthy Lifestyle' theme, including "gender confusion".
The contest brief, videos of that category should focus on the "issues and consequences" of being gay, lesbian, transgender, and transsexual, as well as suggestions on how they can be prevented or controlled.
The competition was met with shock and disbelief by activists in Malaysia, and was reported by several international media including The Guardian, BBC, NBC, amongst many others.
In a cheeky response to the negative press we've been getting, GRIM FILM (fronted by YouTuber Jared Lee) and comedian Dr. Jason Leong have teamed up in a nationwide search for the best videos with a, well, "pro-LGBT" theme
Open to all Malaysians, participants only have to fulfill two very important requirements - (1) the video has to be less than three minutes, and (2) the video has to be, well, "pro-LGBT". Check out the super colourful poster (which a Pride-inspired parody of the Health Ministry's) below:
Plus, GRIM FILM and Jason Leong's video contest "pays more than the other competition". ;)
A cash prize of USD1,001 (RM4,271.27) is up for grabs for the best "pro-LGBT" video submitted. That's about USD1 more than what the Health Ministry is offering (lol).
The contest might sound too good to be true, but parody poster aside, this contest is totally legit, guys! In fact, it has been met with some pretty positive reactions:
Nevertheless, the contest has also caught the attention of one or two, um, doubters
Anyway, if you're interested to join the contest, make sure to send in your entries by 31 August 2017. Get creative, and good luck!