A new set of rules put forward by the country’s media watchdog would ban all television shows depicting “abnormal sexual relations or sexual behavior”; including “homosexuality” or “perversion.”
According to the Independent, television shows should not show story lines that “exaggerate the dark side of society,” with the rules now banning depictions of smoking, drinking, adultery, sexual freedom or reincarnation.
The ban even extends to “scenes which expose the methods adopted by detectives and show in detail how they crack cases, thereby assisting criminals in coming up with counter-moves.”
SAPPRFT, an acronym which stands for the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, has already moved this week to take down a popular teen romcom Addiction owing to the themes of gay romance it explores.
A document states that the new rules have been drafted in order to “thoroughly implement General Secretary Xi Jinping’s speech at the national forum on literature,” to promote China’s TV industry, and to help TV series producers to avoid risks during production,
Television production companies should “earnestly follow the regulations in the general rules, actively produce the content promoted by the general rules, and must not produce any content that is banned by the general rules.”
Time magazine humorously highlighted a meme circulating on Chinese social media which states that two of China’s four great classical novels, including Journey to the West and Dream of the Red Chamber, would today have fallen foul of the SAPPRFT censors.