Chinese government’s “General Principle of Television Drama Production Content” detailed in a nine-page comprehensive document has made its way to the Internet.
It details a ban on specific content that has been the source of entertainment for the Chinese people and they are not happy about it.
The document, published last year in December, states that themes that promote witchcraft, reincarnation, promiscuity which challenges the sanctity of marriage or displays of homosexuality which are regarded as “abnormal sexual relationships or sexual behaviour, have been banned, China Morning Post reports.
Also romantic scenes that are “stimulating” are excluded. The ban also disallows dramatisation of teenage romance, smoking, alcohol consumption and fighting.
Li Jingsheng, chief of television drama under the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, states that all industry experts are expected to abide to the professional guideline.
The document leak answers numerous questions the public has had after the government’s decision to censor and remove popular drama series, one of which was a popular online gay drama called Addiction. It was pulled off the air abruptly with no explanations, just three episodes to the finale.
This latest development has caused outrage among the Chinese people — many of which are young and get their fix on TV and the internet.