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Are Indonesians homophobic?

Activists of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia at the Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle in Central Jakarta on May 17, 2015. (Kompas.com/Yunanto Wiji Utomo)
Editorial board
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Jakarta   ●   Tue, April 20 2021

Indonesia is a nation of homophobes. Anyone would be forgiven for drawing this conclusion following the recent social media spat between Indonesian and Thai users.

The flame war began when Indonesian netizens bullied, harassed and threatened a Thai same-sex couple over posting photos of their April 4 wedding on Facebook. By late last week, the couple’s Facebook account had garnered 445,000 comments and 40,000 shares.

Most of the comments from Indonesian users were homophobic, even if they didn’t know the couple personally. This only reaffirms the results of the recent Microsoft survey that put Indonesia among the rudest nations when it came to internet and social media use, ranking it 29th out of the 32 surveyed countries.

Any decent Indonesian would tell you that those commenters hardly represent the nation. I...

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