Armando & Kenny’s Story Censored By Anti-Gay Countries Explained

Armando Rubio recently discovered that a TLC Southeast Asia trailer for 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way season 2 had chopped off his plot with Kenneth.

The fan-favorites of 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way season 2, Kenneth Niedermeier and Armando Rubio were also the first male same-sex couple in the franchise. Despite their sizeable age difference, the couple’s romance was drama-free, with Kenny and Armando having no fights. The TLC show ended with Kenny moving to Mexico and, through a rough patch of acceptance by Armando’s family, got granted permission to marry. However, these 90 Day Fiancé stars are now facing discrimination of a different kind, as brought to light by Armando who revealed that his and Kenny’s story was censored by governments in Russia and Southeast Asia.

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Both single dads, Kenny, 57, had met Armando, 31, in an online support group where the 90 Day Fiancé couple struck a friendship at first. Armando invited Kenny to start life anew with him in Mexico, and Kenny moved all the way from St. Petersburg to stay with his partner and his daughter Hannah. While Kenny’s family accepted Armando and Hannah as their own, it was the Rubio family that couldn’t get to terms with this development. Nonetheless, a romantic seaside proposal still happened, and Kenny and Armando applied for a marriage license, which did take time to arrive. In the end, 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way season 2 saw Kenny and Armando riding horseback into the sunset after finally getting their approval to marry.

Related: 90 Day Fiancé: Armando & Kenneth’s Best Pictures On Instagram

Alas, as Armando Rubio wrote on Instagram recently, “it’s a shame that to this day we cannot accept others for who they are. When sadly love; something so beautiful is ‘wrong.’” The 90 Day Fiancé star explained that Kenny and his storyline had been banned in countries such as Russia and Southeast Asia’s version of TLC. Armando wrote that banning Kenny and him off a “simple reality show” demonstrates how the government in these nations “often can amplify harassment and cause real harm” to marginalized minority groups and their own residents. “The problem here is the government,” stressed the popular 90 Day Fiancé personality.

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Per Them, it’s been eight years since Russia passed a notoriously anti-gay federal law banning all positive media representation of the LGBTQ+ community in 2013. Also known as the “anti-gay propaganda law,” it was followed by the country’s constitution changing to officially ban gay marriage, as well as preventing gay couples from adopting children. Similarly, in 2016, the Indonesian government’s national broadcasting commission had banned TV and radio programs that portray LGBT lives as “normal,” writes HRW. Just like Russia, which banned any content that promoted “nontraditional sexual relations to minors,” the Indonesian Child Protection Commission had apparently said they needed to block any content that “might encourage children and adolescents to imitate or justify LGBT behaviors.”

Armando amplified that he does know that these countries have amazing, caring, and supportive people within their communities. The 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way star asked people in those communities to never give up and fight for who they are and what they believe in, just like he has been doing.

More: 90 Day Fiancé: What To Know About Armando Rubio’s Job, Daughter, Wife, IG, & More

Source: Armando Rubio’s Instagram, Them, HRW

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