The Kissing News
Janet Jackson kisses Jay Leno
Fresh from her "wardrobe malfunction" controversy at the
February Super bowl, Janet Jackson has caused another stir by kissing
talk show host Jay Leno. Jackson had commented that kissing Tupac
Shakur in the film Poetic Justice had been easy. Leno then asked:
"When is it difficult? If it is, like, me?" to which Jackson
said "Let's give it a try," and kissed him.
- Hindustan Times, 1 May 2004
British law may forbid teenage kissing
The new Sexual Offenses Act in Britain outlaws "sexual touching"
between those aged under 16. This includes doing it "with any
part of the body", "with anything else", and "through
anything". Critics of the law say it essentially makes it illegal
for British teenagers to kiss each other, or to consesually experiment
with sex, and that this infringes on their rights. Those who made
the law say it's main purpose is to protect children from child
abuse, and that kids who kiss will not be prosecuted.
BBC website - 30 April 2004. Full
Filipinos beat Chilian kissing record
5122 couples locked lips for 10 seconds on Valentines Day in Manila
to break the record for most couples kissing in one place. The "Lovapolooza"
event was led by the Mayor of Manilla and was followed by a fireworks
display. The event was supposed to be restricted only to married
couples due to the Philippines dominant Catholic culture, however
many couples involved admitted to not being married. They beat the
Chilian record set a month earlier
- AFP, 14 February 2004
Chileans claim kissing record
A group of over 9000 couples from Chile have entered the Guinness
World Book of Records after becoming the largest number of people
to kiss simultaneously. The event was organized by two photographers,
and 8,890 people turned up to help claim the record. Assembled in
a cordoned-off street in central Santiago, the couples had to kiss
for a minimum of ten seconds. The previous record was set in February
2000 in Canada when 1,588 couples smooched for fame. The participants
claimed the event is part of a larger social revolution in Chile,
which has previously been socially conservative.
- Reuters, 12 January 2004
12 year old girls expelled for kissing shows
Two 12 year old Canadian girls have been "encouraged to find
another school" after a teacher caught them giving lesbian
kissing shows for boys. The girls had charged eager male audiences
$5 to watch them kiss, apparently getting the idea from the much-publicized
Britney-Madonna kiss at the MTV awards. The father of one of the
girls was angry that the school had taken such extreme action, though
he had agreed to take his daughter to counseling.
- The Toronto Star, 8 January 2004
Lesbian kiss results in suspension
Two female students have been suspended from a US high school because
they stood on a table and kissed each other. The 17 year old girls
had engaged in the stunt because their English teacher had challenged
the class to do something non-conformist. While others in the class
had performed small indiscretions, the two girls had leaped onto
a table during lunch in the cafeteria, shouted "End homophobia
now!" and kissed. Scott Pfeifer, principal of River Hill High
in Maryland, said the girls were suspended for being disruptive,
not for the kiss. A subsequent protest against the suspension only
attracted two supporters, while the story of the kiss made news
on CNN and Good Morning America.
- The Washington Post, 17 November 2003
No kissing in Russia
Authorities are reportedly imposing fines on those who kiss in public.
Concern for "amoral" activities has led the police and
the city's education committee to urge the ban. Apparently Russians
are fond of making out on the subway, and on the extremely long
escalators in the city centre. This has made others concerned that
young people are getting the wrong message about sex.
- Sydney Morning Herald, 10 November 2003