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China bans depictions of gay people on TV in crackdown on ‘vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content’

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Censors say television shows should not show story lines that ‘exaggerate the dark side of society’
By  Tal Fox
The Independent
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The Chinese government has banned depictions of gay people on television, as part of a national clampdown on “vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content”.

Censors said that television shows should not show story lines that “exaggerate the dark side of society,” including gay relationships, adultery and the supernatural.

The report was posted on the website of the China Television Drama Production Industry Association on 31 December but was widely circulated in Chinese state media this week according to Hong Kong Free Press.

“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,” according to the news rules.

Many people expressed their discontent toward…

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