All representations of gay people will now be banned on Chinese television after the government announced new television censorship measures designed to prevent “vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content”.
The ban is part of a wider censorship crackdown that aims to eradicate anything that “exaggerates the dark side of society.”
For the Chinese government, this also includes, witchcraft, adultery, and historical depictions deemed to be “harmful to the unity and sovereignty of the country and its territorial integrity,”
The new regulations are particularly strict on sexual morality, and place same-sex relationships alongside incest and sexual abuse, stating that: “No television drama shall show abnormal sexual relationships and behaviours, such as incest, same-sex relationships, sexual perversion, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence, and so on.”
The crackdown comes at the same time that the Chinese Government pulled a popular Chinese drama, Addicted, from airing any more episodes because it depicted men in same sex relationships.
Based on the love novel ‘Are You Addicted?’ by Chai Jidan, the web based show ‘Addicted’ was gaining a huge following on Chinese streaming services, but has since been removed by authorities.
It is now only available on Youtube, which is also banned in China.