New SARFT regulations requiring content providers to censor scenes in shows and films that depict one-night stands, excessive violence and adultery have left viewers worried that they’ll have nothing left to watch.
A circular recently released by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television stipulated that content related to cheating spouses, polyamorous affairs, excessive nudity and basically all things filthy be cut from video-streaming sites.
This also includes references to rape, necrophilia, prostitution or masturbation, the Global Times has reported, citing entertainment news website ent.qq.com.
Even more extreme, video sites have been told to remove headlines with texts or pictures containing any sexual innuendos. Plots involving violent murder, suicide, kidnapping, drug use, gambling or super natural occurrences are also a no-no.
Web users voiced concern that the new regulations, once implemented, will leave Chinese audiences with virtually no content to watch (and possibly without their beloved South Korean dramas).
Tan Tian, a professor at Jinan University, likewise told the Global Times on Wednesday that authorities were being overly extreme, and that the new rules could hinder the production of potentially great films or shows.
“None of the Chinese classic novels-turned shows would make the cut, nor would any foreign blockbusters. The only content left is state-produced shows. Redness will cover all of China,” a user on Weibo agreed.
Previously, China’s censors ordered all video-streaming sites to take down popular American TV shows “The Good Wife”, “NCIS”, “The Practice” and the relatively tame sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”.