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Gay Topics, Intimacy in Romances Banned in Chinese Films, TV Dramas

16 July 2020

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Gay Topics, Intimacy in Romances Banned in Chinese Films, TV Dramas

China is reportedly tightening its grip on the country’s film and TV industries with a new ban that will see gay topics and conspicuous intimacy outlawed among other restrictions.

Photos of a directive allegedly issued by China’s National Radio and Television Administration have been circulating on Sina Weibo, a popular social media platform. The directive lists 20 subjects that will be subject to censorship, including overt displays of affection in romances and portrayals of homosexual characters.

Other content deemed offensive includes historical dramas highlighting decadence and imperialism, incarnation in supernatural storylines, time-travel topics without a positive message, and exaggerated war themes. The documents cannot be verified.

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