Horrors in China

Via the Anomalist comes the following:

CHINA has added ghosts, monsters and other things that go bump in the night to its list of banned video and audio content in an intensified crackdown ahead of the Beijing Olympics.

Producers have around three weeks to look through their tapes for “horror” and report it to authorities, the General Administration of Press and Publications said.

Offending content included “wronged spirits and violent ghosts, monsters, demons, and other inhuman portrayals, strange and supernatural storytelling for the sole purpose of seeking terror and horror”, the administration said.

We cannot stress how important this is, ever since the 1988 bobsled team lost two members when the Russians replaced a practice video with “Manos”: The Hands of Fate.

The regulations suggest China, where graphic, pirated sex and horror movies are available on most street corners, is keen to step up its control of the cultural arena ahead of the Beijing Olympics in August, which are widely seen as a coming-out party for the rising political and economic power.

Thus, China displays its tolerance of other cultures and other viewpoints in the international arena by making them go away. I don’t think this is going to work.

Published in: on February 15, 2008 at 12:44 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. This isn’t *that* new. Magic: the Gathering, for example, was forced to add skin to some skeletal figures in its artwork many years ago (though personally I felt that only made them more horrific, but there you go).

    However, the Australian article is very vague. Judging from the governing body it sounds like this is cracking down on comics (which would be stressing an old regulation) and magazines, where horror elements aren’t that common, unless you count the covers of MENBOX magazine.

    As far as I know, that body doesn’t govern book publishing, and SARFT is in charge of film and TV, so this is a bit of a non-story until we get some more detail.

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