CCTV News Censors Michelangelo’s David-Apollo, Then Uncensors

China's CCTV News censored the genitals on Michelangelo's famous nude sculpture of David, only to remove the censorship 4 hours later during a rebroadcast following an outcry online by Chinese netizens.

From NetEase:

CCTV censors nude sculpture in broadcast, uncensored 4 hours later

Yesterday, CCTV news channel report titled “Beijing’s National Museum 100th Anniversary: Exhibition of Famous Renaissance Artists and Works of Art” caused an uproar over “mosaics” [censorship].

July 9th is the 100th anniversary of China’s National Museum and the National Museum unveiled an exhibition of famous Italian Renaissance Artists and Works of Art. Yesterday noon at 11:49am, during a CCTV news broadcast, a censoring mosaic was placed over the reproductive organs of the famous David-Apollo sculpture by Michelangelo [seen at 0:50 and 2:03 in the below video.].

This act by CCTV immediately created a controversy amongst netizens. Netizen “自然茧破茧而出” felt, “Since this piece of news is specifically about works of art, how can it be so disrespectful towards artwork? Just who is covering up whose ugliness?” while netizen “mtmk”’s point of view was exactly the opposite, “The mainstream aesthetic of ancient Greece culture and the Renaissance was the beauty of the body, but this is not China’s aesthetic. I think it is inappropriate to publicly broadcast the full sculpture of David on a public television channel.

With regards to CCTV’s act of adding a mosaic, a producer for a Nanjing television program expressed understanding, “One of the basic reasons for the news adding mosaics [blurring or pixelating censorship of images/video] is because they feel the content would affect the visuals, would hurt public morals, or would have a serious negative effect upon audiences. The CCTV director probably believed the naked David would cause a negative effect on some audiences.”

Facing overwhelming opposition and condemnation online, CCTV made a change for the news broadcast over 3 hours later. Yesterday at 3:54pm, during the rebroadcast of this piece of news, the mosaic that was on David-Apollo had been removed [seen at 0:59 and 2:12 in the below video.].

At time of submission, CCTV has not offered any explanation for the removal of the censorship during the news rebroadcast.

Comments on NetEase:

ozn999 [网易广东省云浮市手机网友]:

If the standard for adding mosaics [censorship] is this, I think a mosaic should be added to the first 25 minutes of Xinwen Lianbo! Those who support me will all emigrate to America!

kevingmao [网易英国网友]:

Just who is covering up whose shame???

麻花疼的大爷 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

Suggestion: Have a mosaic to added to all 24 hours of CCTV broadcasting.

我真是马甲19 [网易广西河池市网友]:

Even the Chinese stone lions in front of the Palace Museum [Forbidden City, former imperial palace] have their JJ visible. Go have them smashed.

伊藤开司 [网易法国网友]:

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot! If you didn’t blur it out, it would be human body art. If you blur it out, then it becomes pornographic.

刘大宝子 [网易黑龙江省哈尔滨市网友]:

As a 7-year-old child’s father, I support what CCTV did.
Even if it is some famous person’s nude sculpture, isn’t it still a nude sculpture?
There are too many pornographic things in the media these days, which has already seriously affected the environment that children grow up in.
(Those who like the lewd and obscene, please don’t impose your ideology on others, much less children, please be dignified.)

ray910510 [网易新加坡网友]: (responding to above)

The total amount of artistic education that our countrymen receive on average throughout their lives averages just 52.5 days. So no wonder there are so many people like the person above who can’t tell the difference between art and the obscene.

杨永信的七三一 [网易美国网友]: (also responding to 刘大宝子)

Typical uneducated person lecturing the educated, Michelangelo’s David is a legendary figure.
You might as well tell your child not to go to school, because the teaching materials in high school fine arts classes have a fully nude David in them.

网易山东省潍坊市网友: (also responding to 刘大宝子)

Stupid cunt, even things that are in history textbooks can be come pornography? How come mosaics aren’t added to them in history textbooks? Total idiotic nonsense.

围1观1独1裁1和1猪1仔 [网易山东省济宁市网友]: (also responding to 刘大宝子)

Since you’ve been pretentious for this long, please continue being pretentious. A one person xiangsheng television channel, go fuck yourself.

China's CCTV News censored the genitals on Michelangelo's famous nude sculpture of David, only to remove the censorship 4 hours later during a rebroadcast following an outcry online by Chinese netizens.

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  • sm

    sofa.

    • Winter B4 Spring

      …oops…

      • Me

        I don’t understand all the negative reaction. If anything deserves to be censored it is ‘Foreign Penis.’ There is nothing more dangerous than a ‘Foreign Penis’ no matter the size. Chinese people have a right and a responsibility to guard themselves against all manner of alien genitalia.

        We are not offended because to us this is not a ‘Foreign Penis’ but a beautiful Western object of admiration and beauty. To the Chinese television audience that little ding-a-ling is a dangerous, foreign, perverse obscenity and they have every right to censor it. Think about the children. It is very important to keep young children, especially girls fearful of ding-a-lings especially if they are not Chinese ding-a-lings.

        As a Canadian I am offended everyday by the Chinese genitals I see walking around on the street. I wish I could have digital mosaic chemically produced in my brain helping me cope with the filthy schlongs I see urinating everywhere.

        • Nick in Beijing

          Not to mention that disgusting, floppy, and totally visible pancake tits that old ladies sport. Nothing quite as horrible as walking down the street and have to walk past an 4 foot tall 80 year old Chinese lady with a vacant expression on her face, tits hanging down to her belly button, and garments so thin as to need legal defining as obscene.

          • Dr SUN

            Nick, never ever go to a nudist beach in Europe or the usa YOU WILL BE HORRIFIED at all the saggy empty white tits,resting on their fat bellies and that’s just the men, the women even worse.

          • Little Wolf

            Kind of true. But I’ve seen some really fine ladies at Hawaiian nudie beaches. (I was there to surf, not to be naked. But it was nice to look at between sets.)

          • mr. wiener

            The correct term for a “floppy flacid pancake-like breast is a “Dug”.

          • jeffli

            I lurve floppy breasts, CGs and asymmetrical shaving patterns!

  • Cardaver

    Why wouldn’t they just film it from the waist up?

  • Bruce Tutty

    Except that picture isn’t Michelangelo’s David, and you spelt Michelangos wrong.

    • http://www.chinasmack.com Fauna

      Sorry, it is the “David Apollo” and I have corrected his name in the title. -_-;

  • diverdude1

    Mick should’ve carved him with a boner… :-p
    The True State of Man

    maybe then eatot be a Happy Girl ~ :-p

    luv u eatot…. :-D

    • diverdude1

      like the other guy said, this is not David. I’ve seen David in Florence, this amateurish model is not even close…
      btw: David is supposed to be a sculpture of a male member of the species Homo Sapiens Sapiens, which have been known to sport penii.

      • http://www.bestvpninchina.com Rod

        I’ve been known to dangle one myself. Glad to know I’m not the only one.

      • Parabellum

        I’ve seen David also in Florence and was completely blown away by the perfection of the work art of Michaelangelo. Although it’s a statue, it feels alive. Truely stunning.

  • Alejandro

    no sexual education + 1 child policy = bomb

  • xiaohouzi

    Slow news day. Who really cares? Unless of course there are some depraved people who really want to see Michael’s johnson.

    • Bruce Tutty

      Who’s Michael?

      • Winter B4 Spring

        Janet’s bro =.=

      • Charles Darwin

        200m world recordman..

  • Li RuiKe

    Every part of every human body is miraculous. We were perfectly designed by a loving and supremely intelligent Creator. The human body is the most beautiful thing on Earth. Michelangelo, DaVinci, Rembrandt, Botticelli, and every art master knew this and glorified it in priceless, enduring art.
    Pornography takes the beautiful and makes it vulgar by emphasizing sinful, perverted character of the person or people portrayed.
    People who see a naked body in a work of (non-pornographic) art as pornographic don’t understand morality. Some great peices of art are indeed pornographic in nature – emphasizing the profane and perverted nature of humanity.
    Pornographic material is only for adults accepting the responsibility for guarding their own hearts and minds from the adverse effects of consuming porn.
    I’ve never seen such ignorance and superstitious nonsense among young people on physiology and reproductive subjects as I have in China. It’s appalling. What this undeveloped country really needs is some freedom of information and some moral leadership.

    • Bruce Tutty

      I’ll say, this isn’t even David

    • Tadd

      Damn… if you could edit your post, remove that second sentence, then I could take it seriously. Unfortunately, because of your second sentence…. I can only reply thusly:

      When the Flying Spaghetti Monster (r”amen”) created us… er intelligently… why did he give Men nipples? Why did he give us the ability to hic-cup? Hell… why did he put barbs on a male cat’s genitalia!?

      • donscarletti

        Not only do cats have them, but males of most mammal species have them including all primates except… Homo Sapiens. This makes sex last far longer and feel better for both sexes.

        Now, if you’re going to argue that there is a divine creator who loves you and played an active role in shaping your species, then this is as good as any.

      • mr. wiener

        Creative design?
        Why put a sewage plant next to a recreational area?

        • Xero

          Hah! Am I the only one who got that?

        • simon

          havn’t you heard? scientists have just discovered the god particle, pretty soon they’ll be able to find the man himself.

      • bert

        Tadd are you around 22?

    • Ruaraidh

      ‘I’ve never seen such ignorance and superstitious nonsense…’

      ‘Every part of every human body is miraculous. We were perfectly designed by a loving and supremely intelligent Creator.’

      AHAHahahahahahaa

      Please be a troll.

    • Charles Darwin

      designed by supreme creator? never hear talk about me? you’re the superstitious here..

      • HeSaidSheSaid

        Haha, something discovered by science to explain science is being attributed to a god. The original name was ‘The Goddamn Particle’ but it was considered too rude for public consumption. Hence they shortened it to ‘god’ and christians rejoiced.

        If you were alive a few thousands years ago and you saw the sun dipping to lower and lower heights all year, the sun that gave you life, that you worshipped, then for three days it got to it’s lowest point in the sky (around the 22nd of December), where it stayed (died) for three days, then on the 25th of that month it ‘came back to life’ and starting rising again, you’d have a party. Jeez, even a festival. You’d make stories about it. About how for these three days that it’s dead it is directly under the Southern CROSS in the sky, with the Northern Star and the THREE stars of Orions belts pointing directly at it (called the THREE KINGS as a matter of fact), kind of like the THREE KINGS were FOLLOWING the NORTHERN STAR to the GODSUN that has been REBORN after DYING FOR THREE days on/under the SOUTHERN CROSS.

        No, surely no one would merge this story with their own religion for personal gain… No, no way… I’ve too much faith in humanity.

  • MrT

    ah just because David got a bigger dck then the local men!
    but the ladies protested so much they lifted the ban!

    • donscarletti

      I’m not saying Chinese men are particularly known for being well hung. But that statue is like 5 meters tall and it’s dick is not much bigger than my thumb… I think you’re being a bit mean.

      • terroir

        This place falls to pieces without me. If not for the wit, oh bother, wherefore art thou, spergi-city?

        The classic “David PK Goliath” is a story about two characters; the ninja turtle with the laid-back attitude and nunchaku only made one of these characters. Yet, with just one statue and having the “buy-one-get-one-free” sale just expired, the orange head-banded “Radical!” dude is able to tell a story. Dicks are involved, so listen up.

        David is small. Goliath is huge. Ergo, David is afraid. David would piss his pants if the Chinese had invented them years earlier. So, because this statue represents Classic Greek best boss battle not realized in God of War, what we have is one side of the fight. (just imagine if you couldn’t see the right half of a Final Fantasy battle screen, but you’re about to spam “Attack” anyways).

        Okay. So, David is there, he’s looking up, he scared. As such and as a manifestation of this, the dick goes small. Yup, when you are scared you don’t wanna go bang pubic wool; you want to protect yourself, and that’s what your balls and gear shift of the carnal highway is doing in this case: it is turtling inside his body in order to get as far as way as possible from an unseen dude so big that his name means “large”.

        Remember what Will Smith said in Bad Boys II, in the beginning before the “shit got real”? As the bad guys were dumping real cars off the trailer to stop the CGI car that our thespians are chasing after them in, the guy who also said “Welcome to Earf!” says “Kind of makes your asshole, pucker, don’t it?” As we take these noble words to heart, we must reflect that if being scared makes the ring of Uranus small, therefore it follows that the Little Dipper can not fulfill itself as the Big Dipper.

        Extra link: Cracked.com, the suppository of all information on the net. Just don’t go there expecting anything funny.

        http://www.cracked.com/article_18386_7-mind-blowing-easter-eggs-hidden-in-famous-works-art.html

        • moop

          you will pay for your insolence

          • terroir

            Keep going… I need a little more motivation until I get there…

          • moop

            i am believing in you so hard right now

    • michelangelo buonarroti

      it’s exactly what i was thinking ahah

    • http://amazon.com/author/rc Richard North

      As a control to your comment, it would be worth asking Singapore Chinese females down on the equator whether they felt their Chinese husbands or boyfriends were “weak” in the penile department.

      Most would express satisfaction, even though the dimensions may not be “Californian” each and every time. Providing a man refrains from smoking and keeps fit, which many Singaporeans do, they can optimise the strength, length and breadth of their penis.

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  • The Enlightened One

    LOL… China is kind of amusing in the sexual explicit department.

    I mean, don’t you think the most populated country in the world knows darn well what genital looks like? They certainly know how to use them! Haha!

    Not only that, but in many parts of China the little kids don’t wear diapers they usually have huge holes in their pants so they can easily go to the washroom (more than not in very inappropriate places).

    Censoring this makes the tv station look like a bunch of complete morons.

    • Anon

      Actually, I just read a story about a Chinese couple that went to the doctor because they weren’t getting pregnant and it turned out they didn’t know about sex. Now I have certainly heard of that happening before but not in Shanghai in 2012.

      • simon

        link to article or it didn’t happen!!

      • Xero

        I heard about this story or a similar story as well. This couple slept together in the same bed thinking that just sleeping together will somehow make a girl pregnant. They had to go to the doctor to find out if something was wrong. Supposedly they had masters degrees as well. Speechless.

      • The Enlightened One

        Well,

        When you got 1.4 billion people with a less-than-good education system. You are bound to get a few morons.

      • Alanood Burhaima

        LMAO!!
        Reminds me of Xinran’s book in which a guy never touched his wife because he wanted to be a good man, cracked me up

  • Scytheria

    “One of the basic reasons for the news adding mosaics [blurring or pixelating censorship of images/video] is because they feel the content would affect the visuals, would hurt public morals, or would have a serious negative effect upon audiences. The CCTV director probably believed the naked David would cause a negative effect on some audiences.”

    Just want to point out, China, you’ve got the highest population in the world. One ancient Greek winkie isn’t going to suddenly make you guys horny.

    • mr. wiener

      Agreed, but since the subject is dicks, I’ll be a dick and say it wasn’t an ancient greek winkie.
      Michelangelo was Italian. David was jewish, Apollo was the Roman name for a greek god.
      You may abuse me now, I probably deserve it.

    • jeffli

      Oooooh don’t know about this one – “One ancient Greek winkie isn’t going to suddenly make you guys horny.”
      next door to CCTV the KTV sales went up! they sold a bucket load of Chinese magic mushrooms! (lingzhi) roflmao

  • RageMan

    Aah, and again we witness the incompetence and lack of education of the people here :) don’t need actually to read an article about it. See it every single time when I go outside. Kind of scares me though that such incompetent people work in the government and make rules for the common man.

  • Dr SUN

    The censorship is to protect the 10+ million Chinese prostitutes that have never seen one, the 100′s of millions of married Chinese woman from seeing one and the 2 people in china who haven’t seen boys (or girls) peeing opening in the streets.

    I for one applaud this censorship, those 2 people really would be offended.

    • lonetrey

      I know right? Talk about putting their foot in their mouth.

  • Mop

    Censorship to prevent possible angry letters?

  • Jahar

    Hey now, I was a perfectly moral individual until I saw that statue. Now I rape/have sex with/jack off on everyone one/thing i see. Damn uncensors.

  • Nanny Hiccups

    I agree with the father of the seven year. The media is so lewd, it’s refreshing to see a form of modesty or censure, even if it covers fine art.

    • mr. wiener

      Lot of fuss about a very small winky don’tcha think?

      • linette

        Lot of fuss about a very small winky don’tcha think?………

        so funny. I know right. Imagine those people walking through museums full of Greek statues. They can’t make a statue without showing the winky… winky everywhere. hahaha….put a leave there..And why Greek statues have such small packages? Were they made like that to raise the self esteem of men in those time?

        • bert

          From what I understand when they created art that was to be appreciated they wanted people to focus on the whole object, therefore smaller genitals. Objects with large sex organs were generally made for sex cult temples.

          • mr. wiener

            Fair enough. Small flacid inoffensive winky , good.
            Engorged blue-veined junket pumper, bad.
            From the point of view of art anyway.

        • hess

          “And why Greek statues have such small packages? Were they made like that to raise the self esteem of men in those time?”
          They were made that way to not hurt the feelings of the chinese people.

          sorry, that felt kind of clever

          • pada

            ==”Why Greek statues have such small packages”?

            i honestly think they were made that way to not hurt the feelings of the western women instead, since, we all know, the bigger the dicks, looser the pussies, so loose that david could swim in it. imagine expats bitches walking around wangfu streets, all with loose pussies lol

          • John Holmes

            @pada, sorry guy, it’s not funny and makes no sense at all. neverless we’ve noticed your quite a sensitive one…. but still small size i guess…

        • jeffli

          Chinese copy statues found in Greece!

    • Charles Darwin

      bigot

    • cc

      The father of the seven year old must have led a very sheltered life, my two kids love running about in the nude and couldn’t give a shit who sees them either, hiding nudity from a kid just leads to problems in there later life, do you mean to say your kids have never seen there parents naked? The naked body is hardly pornographic if it is in its natural pose, even the ugliest naked form carries artistic beauty.

    • kaka

      You agree with the following statement:

      “Even if it is some famous person’s nude sculpture, isn’t it still a nude sculpture? There are too many pornographic things in the media these days, which has already seriously affected the environment that children grow up in.
      (Those who like the lewd and obscene, please don’t impose your ideology on others, much less children, please be dignified.)”

      To me it sounds like an idiot trying to justify a position about something they don’t understand.

      It is Michelangelo’s David. It is not “lewd” or “obscene”, and it is certainly not “pornographic”. It is a representation of the biblical figure David by one of the world’s greatest artists, that came to represent the civil liberties inherent in the city state of Florence, and is often considered to symbolize the perfect male form.

      If one sees the statue as being “lewd” or “obscene” or “pornographic” then that is merely a reflection of one’s own moral and sexual deviancies.

      Humans have “naughty bits”. The human form is beautiful. Ergo, “naughty bits” are beautiful. A representation of the human form, such as David, is meant to be admired for its perfection and beauty. It is the very essence of “dignified”. To suggest that sight of the the human form is some how damaging to children, or generally offensive to the human eye – is insane…

      From the earliest age of comprehension – a child should be made aware of the difference between a statue representing man’s perfection and two Japanese guys dildo-ing a middle-ages woman dressed in a school-uniform. It’s an obvious difference – and to link the two is far more damaging to any child than seeing a stone penis on the news….

      • Little Wolf

        It’s pronounced “nott-ee bits” in the UK, I think.

        • jeffli

          Uglies?
          as in “rub uglies”?
          Wedding tackle?
          Mongrel magic wand?
          meat and two veg?
          bingo stick?
          monkey tools?
          wee wee bob? (Texan)

    • Foreign Devil

      So your going to raise your children to feel ashamed of their genitals. Great. Are you Catholic by any chance? Kids don’t have any hang ups about their genitals until they see adults acting weird about it. . censoring, covering up, scolding, embarassed etc. . Then they kids also grow up to be sexually conflicted, neurotics just like their parents. Sex is NOT sin.

  • DRaY

    I am quite sure “everyone” in China has seen dick… shit, I see half naked kids pissing/shitting on the street every time I walk out my apartment. Oh and don’t let me forget the best .. the completely naked bum that you see every once in awhile running/dashing around filthy as fuck. China needs to stop bullshitting itself.

    • Canadian_Skies

      I think it’s the size that offends them.

      • OHHAI

        people that come to china smack just to make racist jokes make me sad

        • John Holmes

          undeniable truth, not jockes…

          • yellow kicker

            they should have made the TV tower in Shanghai 8 floors tall, as its a fallic representation… 1 floor per cm

      • Xero

        *oh face*

  • Canadian_Skies

    Hilariously, if you enter the home of a “norm” Chinese family that have a son, you’ll see the child as an infant laying with his genitalia exposed in a huge portrait displayed in the living room. I’m not suggesting these people are sick, or that their portraits in their homes should be censored, but I am surprised that art would offend the “norm”.

  • radbab

    stuff like this just confirms it: China and the USA are more similar than people will believe.

    love for big cars, getting rich is glorious, love for fast food, many people never visited another country, many people are ignorant about the rest of the world, many people think they / their country is the best, big corps are in league with the government, military is important, patriotism is high and now censoring peens…

    • yellow kicker

      also small dicks. Dont forget.

      • mr. wiener

        Care to back that up with any stats?

  • BigBadBoy

    In fact, the statue of “David” has a censoring ‘fig-leaf’ that is strategically placed when needed (apparently royal visits) on the display plaster-cast room of the museum in England. You can see the censoring object hanging at the base of the statue on the side of the artwork – check it out if you visit.

    I wish they would pixellate all the blood and gore on Chinese News.

  • Castro

    This was the one that got to me….

    http://www.gardenofpraise.com/art50.htm

    Wow, just plain wow.

    • Castro

      oops, I meant to post this as a reply to Parabellum…

  • Sean

    The supposition that Chinese are guided by morals and a sense of civic duty is absolutely laughable, and I hope, all this time, has been no more than a poor translation of what it is really is: the fear of losing face or being criticized within a community. Case in point, CCTV gave in immediately to netizen complaints.

  • sil

    It is to avoid chinese men having inferiority complex ha ha !

  • http://www.kalanstar.com KopyKatKiller

    Hahaha!

    “[The stone dick] would hurt public morals, or would have a serious negative effect upon audiences. The CCTV director probably believed the naked David would cause a negative effect on some audiences.”

    Stone penis envy?

    Question: Which is more publicly puritanical and backward: The Commie Party of China or The Vatican?

  • redgirl

    Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.

    • jeffli

      Yes!
      Finally the SEX PISTOLS!
      YES!

      ever notice Michael Angelo and da Vinci always drew, painted and sculpted small dicks?
      maybe they were both Chinese?

      Bring back “TOM OF FINLAND” now they’re western! hehe! one of them looks like “little wolf”. – go get ‘em tiger bunny!

      • mr. wiener

        “Tom of Finland” , have you been reading the in the gay adult section of arty bookshops again jeffli?
        Between Michelangelo and Touko Laaksonen you are traveling from the pubesant to the improbable, though it may have represented either artists tastes in men.

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  • http://amazon.com/author/rc Richard North

    A flaccid Caucasian penis depicted via a marble sculpture, and resembling more of an “acorn” than a “pornographic phallus”, can hardly be described as offensive.

    If anything, it reminds people that most Caucasians are human also, and rarely reach the penile bulk of the “super-human” stars of the American pornographic movie industry, based in the San Fernando Valley, California.

  • Luke

    you’d think they would show it so that Chinese guys wit think they have big junk.

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