nicolejb
2 years ago5,000+ Views
China Bans Same-Sex Relationship from TV and Online

It's already a pretty big and well-known fact that China loves censorship. They censor their internet access, tv, and other forms of media.

But in a eight-page report by the China Television Drama Production Industry Association, it seems that "vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content."
What is considered "vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content"?
Well same-sex relationships of course! (sigh)
"No television drama shall show abnormal sexual relationships and behaviors, such as incest, same-sex relationships, sexual perversion, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence, and so on," the report states.
Though China issued this report, the final steps to process it have been enacted this week. And for fans of the Chinese same-sex drama "Addicted Heroin," well, it's also been pulled from online streaming websites as well.
Media representation is also a huge part of change.
A lot of the trends we see in the media, ideas and thoughts show up in politics. So censoring out art-- well that's just another way to control policy.

How do you feel about this?

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I feel so bad for the lgbt community in China. This must have hurt their feelings so much.
2 years ago·Reply
@humairaa agreed. It sounds like there are activists there already speaking out, I hope they're successful. Truth be told the Hays Code in the U.S. was very similar- the term used then was "perverse" or "immoral" and some of those restrictions were active well into the 1960s.
2 years ago·Reply
@shannonl5 i really hope they're successful but i don't think china is going to be more open to the lgbt community soon.
2 years ago·Reply
Oh wow @ChosenKnight that sounds amazing!! I want to see that commercial, Taiwan seems a lot more progressive when it comes to gay rights. Maybe with that sort of timeline , China will take a long time before they allow gay marriage. @shannonl5
2 years ago·Reply
@nicolejb it's a very different country with a complicated history so I'd be wary to make projections based on where we came from, especially with an entire World War thrown in there. I'm actually a bit more hopeful because despite all the censorship it seems like the people are really engaged and active when it comes to their government
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