Nope, I don’t see anything! That means it doesn’t exist!
The Chinese government has recently come out with new television guidelines meant to censor “vulgar, immoral, or unhealthy” content. This means shows that want to be allowed in China cannot show dangerous activities like drinking, smoking, reincarnation, or abnormal sexual activity.
According to the new guidelines, “No television drama shall show abnormal sexual relationships and behaviours, such as incest, same-sex relationships, sexual perversion, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence, and so on.” The government will be constantly monitoring channels to make sure that the guidelines are followed.
So, basically, Chinese television is not allowed to put anything remotely interesting on the air. No sex, no drinking, no smoking, no reincarnating… what else is worth watching?! How can the show’s plot be developed if there’s nothing scandalous to drive it?
One group that is deeply angered by these new censorship guidelines is China’s gay community. According to The Guardian: The new regulations have angered gay activists in China, who have fought for two decades to overcome the substantial stigma in their country against homosexuality. It was only decriminalised in 1997 and was only taken off the official list of mental illnesses in 2001.
To be fair, when the state’s one-child policy really messes up the boy-to-girl ratio, options get limited!
Another group that’s going to be unhappy with these guidelines are China’s filmmakers. They’re in for some long nights, trying to find ways to make TV interesting without putting anything interesting in it.