China has banned the depiction of same-sex romance on television as part of a suppression of “vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content”. Chinese censors are not allowed to show content that “exaggerates the dark side of society”. Effectively, homosexuality, extramarital affairs, one night stands and underage relationships will not be permitted to be broadcast on TV screens.
Popular same-sex drama, “Addicted Heroin” was pulled by Chinese censors and led to an uproar on social media.
As per a report by the China Television Drama Production Industry Association, “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,”
Lavish extravagant lifestyles,” smoking, binge drinking, fighting and unusual or extravagant clothing. Shows containing a supernatural theme will also be disallowed. Even detective shows for some bizarre reason have to follow this weird dikat.
“Scenes which expose the methods adopted by detectives and show in detail how they crack cases, thereby assisting criminals in coming up with counter-moves” are also forbidden. No Sherlock, for you. Sorry, folks.
Cultual restrictions have been at an all time high ever since western value hating Xi Jinping’s rise to power.
Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1997 in China and taken off the official list of mental illnesses in 2001.