While American television continues to push the boundaries of what can be shown on the small screen, Chinese shows aren’t being allowed to be so progressive. A new historical drama airing in China was pulled for being a bit too revealing and has been edited for future broadcasts.
The Empress of China, which also goes under the title Saga of Wu Zetian, is about China’s only known empress. It started on Dec. 21 and aired on Hunan TV. But according to the state-run news agency Xinhua, the show was pulled for “technical reasons.”
Of course, most viewers don’t think it was for “technical reasons,” but because of the revealing costumes one actress wears on the show. The costume earned her character the nickname “squeezed breasts” online.
The show started again this Thursday, but was clearly edited so that only the actors’ heads were seen.
According to Reuters, viewers took to the social media site Weibo to complain about censorship, especially since they couldn’t see actress Fan Bingbing’s costume changes. She is one of the most popular actresses in the country and even appeared in Iron-Man 3. She plays Wu in the series.
Game of Thrones also had a tough time in China, where it was heavily censored, as The Washington Post reported back in May. Some viewers called it an edited mess.
image of Fan Bingbing courtesy of INFphoto.com
Daniel S Levine is a longtime movie fan and a graduate of Hoftsra University. I also know just about everything you might need to know about Star Wars.