China bans violent or vulgar cartoons


  • China has banned violent and vulgar children’s TV shows, and a popular anime show was already censored.
  • The regulatory agency announced that cartoons should promote “truth, goodness and beauty.”
  • China has tried to uphold morality in a broader crackdown on the entertainment industry.

In the latest sign of China’s crackdown on the country’s entertainment industry, Chinese authorities on Friday announced a ban on violent, vulgar and bloody children’s TV shows and sparked an uproar among social media users when ‘a popular anime show has been censored from streaming services.

The regulations apply to network broadcasts and those hosted on streaming networks. After the ban was announced, the popular Japanese animated series “Ultraman Tiga” was censored from Chinese streaming services, much to the anger of Chinese fans.

Although many posts about the show’s ban have now been deleted, the hashtag about the show’s deletion has been viewed 84 million times, with people complaining that they have lost an essential part of their childhood, according to CNN. The show aired from 1996 to 1997 and includes five spin-off films.

“The the content of the broadcasts must be healthy and progressive and must promote truth, goodness and beauty in cartoons, ”a statement from the National Radio and Television Administration said. The regulator also said children are the primary audience for cartoons and streaming services should roll out children’s channels with kid-friendly content with shows that promote “healthy development.” among young people.

The Chinese government has implemented a sweeping crackdown on the entertainment industry, including banning children from playing video games for more than three hours a week, discouraging broadcasters from throwing “sissy men” into games. TV shows and suspending K-pop fan accounts on social media.

The government also wiped an extremely popular actress from Chinese social media and removed her movies from streaming services without explaining why.

The increased forays into the entertainment industry are primarily focused on promoting a specific idea of ​​morality within film and television.

This is not the first time that a Chinese authority has tried to discourage viewing of certain children’s television shows due to violence. In April, the Jiangsu Consumer Council announced that 21 children’s cartoons, including “Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures” and “My Little Pony”, were not suitable for children.

The state-run Global Times newspaper suggested that half of the cartoons referenced in the survey contained “violent criminal elements to varying degrees,” including beatings, arson and intimidation.


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