Chinese broadcasting regulator releases guidelines banning LGBT depictions
- China’s top broadcasting regulator and an industry trade group released the guidelines, which, though not technically law, have appeared as authorities have censored and removed LGBT-friendly online and offline programming.
- The guidelines forbid the depiction of “abnormal sexual relationships and behaviors,” which include “incest, same-sex relationships, sexual perversion, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence, and so on.”
- Diverse representation has been further inhibited by China’s recent ban on foreign-owned media operators from publishing online content in the country.
“China Is Censoring Gay Characters From TV Shows And Online Dramas” (BuzzFeed News)
“Beijing is banning all foreign media from publishing online in China” (Quartz)
“China’s Censors Take Another Gay-Themed Web Drama Offline” (The Wall Street Journal)
“Chinese Censors Have Taken a Popular Gay Drama Offline and Viewers Aren’t Happy” (TIME)
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