Oscar producers are not female. Otherwise the Javier Bardem/Josh Brolin kiss would have aired. And there would have been teleprompter cues encouraging a Robert Downey Jr/Jude Law kiss besides.

I think the Academy largely believes gay is a fictional state of mind that sometimes arty directors make long important films about - not unlike making a film about unicorns or One Ring or whatever. Mythical, vague, unrealistic things. This may explain why an actual spontaneous kiss between two real men would terrify them. "But they're not even gay!" But they could be, that's the point. Anybody could be. It's just not a big deal, see? It is, however, to the old guard. It's okay to make long important films about mythical subjects but it is not okay to bring those things to the Oscar broadcast right up there onstage under the lights and everything. Have some decorum! Show some moral restraint! It's okay to dress James Franco up in a wan drag homage to Marilyn Monroe because who doesn't like an unpretty poorly-fitted possibly-stoned homage to Marilyn but... men kissing? For fun?

Academy men. So not down with the female mind and the kids and everybody's freedom of choice these days.