Friday, March 4, 2016

China bans depiction of gays on TV as its richest tycoon becomes biggest U.S. theatre operator — and owner of "Batman" studio

Chinese censors have banned TV story lines about gay relationships. Directives on "vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content are now posted on the website of the China Television Drama Production Industry Association.
     The popular same-sex themed show, "Addicted Heroin" (right) was yanked from video streaming websites in China although it can still be viewed on YouTube unless you live in China, where it is blocked.
     The edict:
"No television drama shall show abnormal sexual relationships and behaviors, such as incest, same-sex relationships, sexual perversion, sexual assault, sexual abuse, sexual violence, and so on," the regulations state.
     China's richest man, Wang Jianlin, is already the largest operator of U.S. movie theatres, having acquired AMC Entertainment Holdings (5426 screens) in 2012 and recently, Carmike (2954 screens).
     He has also agreed to acquire Legendary Entertainment for $3.5 billion. Legenday made Jurassic World, Interstellar, the Batman series and The Hangover.

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