Taiwanese pop legend Jolin Tsai dropped her 13th album Play on November 16, and for the release of her latest hit “We’re All Different, Yet the Same” she gave actress Ruby Lin a big smooch on the lips in an impromptu scene that took over an hour to film.
The inspiration for the video came from the true story a lesbian couple who had been together for over 30 years. After one of them was hospitalized and needed emergency surgery, her partner was unable to sign the consent form because she was neither a legal spouse nor family member. When the doctor asked “What is your relationship with the patient?” she could only reply: “A good friend.”
Throughout the video, the pop star sings: “How much courage is needed to love someone, this different kind of love is so simple yet romantic…” In this version of the story, however, when the nurse asks one of the women “What is your relationship to the patient?” she replies: “My wife.”
Pop diva A-Mei is another Taiwanese entertainer who uses her influential music to promote awareness about gay rights issues, specifically same-sex marriage. In June this year, she was banned from singing her LGBT-friendly song “Rainbow” at a Singapore show. In 2004, the music video for her single “Love is the Only Thing” featured a gay wedding and a kiss between two men. The scene was cut before the video could air in China.