A Chinese actress who appeared on a reality TV show last Saturday dressed in a head-covering scarf was pixilated out and replaced by bizarre cartoon images, a move that viewers speculate was due to the garment’s religious connotation.
The second season of Divas Hit the Road, which began airing on Hunan TV this past April, features several young celebrities who travel overseas on a limited budget.
The latest episode of the show became the talk of viewers who couldn’t help but notice that the body of one actress, Ning Jing, was inexplicably replaced with an image of a cartoon cactus. The cactus obscured the actress’s body even as she walked about, her voice still fully audible.
When Ning was filmed sitting down, her hair was replaced by a pink helmet or covered with a Dragon Ball Z-esque hairstyle.
Netizens questioned the comical editing and speculated that it was due to Ning’s head scarf resembling a hijab, a Muslim garment which the Chinese government has come to associate with religious extremism. The show’s production team, masters of subtlety, later confirmed that they had covered Ning, who is not Muslim, to avoid the show from being cut down.
Effective from January, women in the restive region of Xinjiang were banned from wearing full-face veils in public places in order to ‘prevent the spread of extremist ideas’.
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By Joyce Ng