No more gay characters in Chinese TV shows
05 Mar 2016 17:16 #9021
I was surfing through buzzfeed earlier today and an article really caught me eye. "You Can Say Good-Bye To Gay Characters In China’s TV Shows". My instant reaction was in shock. It seem really weird for one of the most developed and economically inclined country to regressed in such actions with the media. The regulation that was passed is as follows: "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 document states. It also frowns upon a range of other content ranging from witchcraft to historical depictions “harmful to the unity and sovereignty of the country and its territorial integrity.” Li Jingsheng, the country's broadcast regulator, came out to say that they want to regulate online media as tightly as the standard set for the national television broadcasts. Recently, there were also regulations that was passed for unusual architecture. I could not believe what I read, maybe I am too much of an optimist. Nevertheless, freedom of expression is a right that I feel that people really take for granted. All around the world, there are multiple types of censorship.
For instance, Thailand, there is a law in Thailand that pretty much say that "one cannot criticize or say anything that is bad about the royal family". One really shocking law, for some, is that stepping over money in Thailand is also illegal.
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