What our dreams of a Chinese version of “Two and half men” looks like now
We all know the Chinese government loves to drop the ban hammer, but this is getting ridiculous. The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) have reportedly announced to China’s national satellite TV stations that “entertainment” programs will only be allowed to air three times a week and during times other than primetime (5pm-10pm).
Primetime, the SARFT have proposed, should be dedicated to more “serious programing”.
According to the SARFT:
China has too many shoddy shows with content harmful to the masses….
It has been reported that the SARFT have even been holding symposiums to discuss how to limit entertainment on television; “inviting managers from Beijing Shanghai, Sichuan, Liaoning, Hunan, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu TV stations to discuss restrictions.”
This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as just last year a popular reality show was banned for “promoting materialism, openly discussing sexual matters and making up false stories, thus hurting the credibility of the media.”
Even more recently the government banned all television programs whose content included “detective shows, romance, spy thrillers or dramas about time-travel” in order that “all channels would focus on stories related to the development of the Communist Party and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) over the next three months”
We here at Shanghaiist respectfully disagree with the Debbie downer SARFT proposal, and protest the infringement on our personal right to watch this old man hit himself in the nuts with a hammer.
By Patrick Keefe