Asian actor as well as a singer, Conrad Ricamora has publicly admitted his gay sexuality. Conrad is an actor in ABC’s smash hit, How to Get Away with Murder where there is an imitate gay scene between characters Connor (Jack Falahee) and Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) that was caught up in the censor issues. Why? We'll follow it up.
Kissing scenes creating censor controversy!
Caption: Kissing scene between Conrad Ricamora and Jack Falahee on 'How To Get Away with Murder' show.
Philippine TV censored an intimate gay scene from its broadcast of How to Get Away with Murder in 2016. The action is not the first one as Italian TV took the similar measures on June the same year.
ABC’s hit, How to Get Away with Murder’s third season characters Connor (Jack Falahee) and Oliver (Conrad Ricamora) shared a kiss, and ultimately Philippine TV has banned it.
Nevertheless, it’s not the first time the show has fallen in issues of foreign censors. An Italian network apologized after cutting a gay sex scene from the show after they banned that scene from the show.
Conrad Ricamora showed his frustration on Twitter, demanding that the stations responsible “get into 2016”.
Moreover, Conrad went on and shared a text conversation between the two actors, himself and his partner in the show, Jack Falahee where both express their anger before Falahee tweeted the stations directly demanding an answer.
After receiving common criticism, Sony decided to bring the scene back and aired the show with the unedited version in the Philippines on October 7.
Receiving HRC Visibility Award!
Caption: Conrad Ricamora Receives the HRC Visibility Award at their gala in Cleveland, Ohio on August 31, 2016.
Conrad Ricamora, who plays the gay character of Oliver on How to Get Away with Murder received the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award at their gala in Cleveland, Ohio on August 31, 2016.
In his acceptance speech, Conrad talked about growing up in a small town in Santa Maria, California, coming out as gay to his family, playing an openly gay HIV positive person on TV as well as the importance of gay actors being open about their private lives in public. Ricamora said:
“It’s a little ironic to be getting the visibility award because so much of growing up as a kid was spent trying to be invisible. I was terrified that someone would see me as gay and I was also terrified that I would see myself for what I naturally was…I was taught by my environment that there was something wrong with me.”
Moreover, he talked about his works on How To Get Away With Murder, where he played opposite Jack Falahee and said:
”I’m happy to be playing Oliver, and to be providing that visibility now not only for gay men but also for gay men of color and HIV positive people.”
Although the actor has publicly admitted himself to be a gay, he is not in any relationship i.e. he is neither married nor found to be dating anyone.#