TV broadcaster HNTV has stopped airing the popular Chinese TV drama “武媚娘” (The Empress of China) because it’s been deemed too racy, according to sources.
The show drew a great deal of fanfare prior to its release as it stars a score of popular names including Fan bingbing, Zhang Junning, Zhang Ting and Zhou Haimei and is also said to one of the most expensive Chinese TV shows ever produced. Shortly after the first episode aired on December 21 this year, however, HNTV announced that “The Empress” would be temporarily be taken off the air and would not be broadcast again till January next year.
HNTV claimed that the suspension was due to some “technical issues”. Informed sources quoted in the Want China Times, however, claim that the actual reason for this suspension is because the dresses are ‘too exposing’, especially in the chest region.
This source added that “there is a chance the TV drama will be completely banned from showing if no modification has been made,” and that the only solution is to “make the breasts smaller,” which would require a great deal of effort from the post-production team.
SARFT (The State Administration of Radio Film and Television) has yet another explanation for the short recess, which is simply that there is no time for “The Empress”. According to the television watchdog, regulations say that period piece dramas should not exceed 15 percent of all prime time television.
Whether or not the rumors are true, SARFT did announced a new set of regulations in November requiring content providers to censor scenes in shows and film depicting one-night stands, adultery and excessive nudity, among a slew of other filthiness. We’ll just have to wait until 2015 to take note of any, um, sizable changes.
by Luke Sun
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