“The Big Bang Theory” Taken Down from Chinese Video Websites

Sheldon Cooper on The Big Bang Theory, loser sign on forehead.

From NetEase:

Numerous Websites Take Down The Big Bang Theory and Other American TV Shows Due to “Policy Reasons”

Southern DailyThe Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, and Many Other American TV Shows Taken Down — Starting from yesterday, multiple American TV shows such as The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife have one after another been taking down numerous video websites, with the webpages taken down showing “due to [government] policy reasons, this video is unable to be viewed”.

Xinhuanet April 27th morning news, starting from yesterday, multiple American TV shows such as The Big Bang Theory and The Good Wife have been taken down, with the webpages for the involved video websites including Sohu Video, Youku, and Tencent/QQ Video showing “due to policy reasons, this video is unable to be viewed”.

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As it is understood, 4 American TV shows are included in those taken down, and they are The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, NCIS, and The Practice. The most popular of them, The Big Bang Theory, is a Sohu Video exclusive, while The Good Wife is licensed by Sohu Video, Youku, and Tencent/QQ Video.

As early as last month, the State Administration for Radio, Film, and Television [SARFT] had issued a notice concerning the strengthening of auditing and censorship for online dramas, microfilms, and other online audio-visual content, that in addition to the shows produced by websites themselves and domestically produced TV series, the American and British TV shows that the various major websites were competing to purchase rights to would also be audited for censorship.

According to the aforementioned notice, the American and British TV shows purchased by websites must “be audited first before broadcast”, and the shows approved must report the record of the provincial-level SARFT executive department. Organizations/companies who illegally broadcast shall in accordance with the “Internet Audio-Visual Program Service Management Regulations” be given punishments such as warnings, injunctions, or fines by SARFT.

Serious violations shall in accordance with the “Radio and Television Management Regulations” be given punishements such as confiscation of equipment involved in the illegal activities, confiscation of illegal gains, and suspension of licenses. The investors and operators of the organizations/companies who illegally broadcast shall also be given punishments such as warnings, fines, and even prohibitions from investing in or operating internet audio-visual services for 5 years.

(Original title: The Big Bang Theory and Many Other American TV Shows Taken Down From Video Websites, for Policy Reasons)

Comments from NetEase:

zuluoxuan200 [网易江苏省南京市网友]:

Absurd anti-Japanese War dramas, kimchi dramas, Qing Dynasty palace dramas, sparing no effort to keep the masses ignorant.

网易美国网友 ip:24.205.*.*:

People ask me just what is so great about America and I reply: Because neither the rich nor the poor are arbitrarily bullied, and neither the rich nor the poor dare to do whatever they please [bully others].

wangeastplu [网易江苏省南京市网友]:

Everyone knows that in the information age, it is useless to rely on blocking information, but they are still thinking up everything they can to block information, which shows that they have already exhausted their abilities!

c1261466077 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

I suggest they just broadcast Japanese devils being ripped in half with bare hands epics everyday!

此用户已匿名 [网易河南省信阳市网友]:

In the future, they’ll only allow watching Japanese devils being ripped in half with bare hands, and Brainwashing Lianbo!

网易山东省烟台市网友 ip:182.34.*.*:

What content is in The Big Bang Theory? Is it very yellow, very violent? If it isn’t, then why take it down? Learning from North Korea?

网易河北省廊坊市大城县网友 ip:120.7.*.* 2014-04-27 12:49:28 发表

SARFT is a bunch of leftovers of the Cultural Revolution .

时光分享 [网易江西省新余市网友]:

The so-called policy determined by hypocrites and small [vile] people.

网易四川省成都市网友 ip:218.88.*.*:

In 1987, China’s first email marked China’s entry into the Internet Age, and the content of that email was “Across the Great Wall we can reach every corner in the world. (越过长城,走向世界)”. Just how much of a joke that looks today.

此用户已匿名 [网易河南省信阳市网友]:

The ordinary common people use various direct and indirect taxes to raise “SARFT dogs” to bite ourselves?! Can we not raise such dogs?

披着狼皮的羊艹 [网易北京市网友]:

Even if all foreign shows are taken down, I still won’t watch [domestic] brainwashing TV shows and garbage TV shows!

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Comments from Sohu:

凱158在搜狐

Are we only allowed to watch various ridiculous TV shows about abusing Little Japan?

Stefanv [搜狐河南省郑州市网友]

Is this telling us to spend all day watching those ridiculous stupefying anti-Japanese retarded TV serials?? Especially that Sichuan Satellite TV [a channel]! Which broadcasts all sorts of ridiculous nonsense. It’s simply “Stupid Cunt” Satellite TV.

沐云爵 [搜狐江苏省南京市网友]

How about banning Korean dramas? It’d be a lot better than banning American shows.

花争发 [搜狐上海市网友]

Naked Butt Always Asshole [the Chinese is a pun on the Chinese name for SARFT], send my regards to your family!

WuClaude [搜狐江苏省苏州市网友] (responding to above)

It should be Naked Butt Swollen Asshole [also a pun].

Summer [搜狐安徽省网友]

Why are government policies so strict lately, that everything is being prohibited/banned?

搜狐新闻客户端网友 [搜狐浙江省宁波市网友]

This country has been ruined by a bunch of beasts/animals [bastards].

Comments from Phoenix Online:

凤凰网新浪微博网友:SnowMan小丑

I thank the government and thank the Party! For truly going through a lot of trouble for the people!

凤凰网新浪微博网友:–半夏蔷薇

The curtains open on all the people retardedly watching Korean serial dramas, Taiwanese serial dramas, and time-travel dramas.

凤凰网新浪微博网友:Miller_L_yu

Head of SARFT, how come China isn’t able to produce TV shows as good as these?

凤凰网新浪微博网友:xvfeng

I request that Korean dramas be killed first before killing American TV shows.

凤凰网新浪微博网友:AUPer

They can’t produce such shows of such high-quality, so they also won’t allow internet video companies to bring them in from abroad at the same time [as they are broadcast abroad], expanding the market share for legally licensed content. This is having the people continue being in the pirated market. I can only turn towards internet download sources to continue following these shows.

凤凰网新浪微博网友:Desperado___58

Even The Big Bang Theory… are you serious? →_→

凤凰网新浪微博网友:人比肥羊瘦

An organization [the Party/government] that acts wholeheartedly for the people and for saving China.

凤凰网腾讯微博网友:走了又来

What did The Big Bang Theory do to you [SARFT]?

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Comments from Sina Weibo:

ready飞:

Can you first take down bangzi dramas and the domestic absurd, retarded TV serials?

小糖人哆啦:

North Korea, hello, big China is coming to keep you company.

-JIANGSHANLI-:

Looks like we really are going to be closing off the country from the outside world. [拜拜][拜拜]

lawer_jun:

Sheldon sometimes mentions China, and does so in ridicule or as a joke. If this were to come from the mouths of politicians, then I think I would not be comfortable hearing it. But this is from the mouth of Sheldon, whose emotional quotient is 0. Americans making fun of you means China is constantly expanding its influence in America. This is the mentality of amusement of Americans, and China instead pettily refuses to be made fun of. May I ask, where is the self-confidence and charisma of China as a large country/major power? I don’t see it. I’m very disappointed.

我的大名被抢注了:

The leadership of SARFT needs to be taken down.

杀鸡的Iris:

Why not ban the stupefying domestic TV serials instead? Fuck!

承蒙道上兄弟错爱叫我一声五爷:

Retarded Korean dramas flow unimpeded, Stupid Cunt Apartment [referring to 《爱情公寓》 (IPartment)] plagiarizes and broadcasts as it pleases, and domestically produced [outlandish] serials are churned out constantly setting new lows, hehe.

xinyuz:

Don’t cry, North Korea, for tonight we are all North Koreans.

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  • Teacher in China

    God forbid anyone should be able to watch anything but the 37 WWII anti-Japanese dramas, 27 ancient historical dramas, or 532 shitty variety shows and talent competitions…

    • Irvin

      welcome to china! 北京欢迎你!!!

    • Dr Sun

      try not watching cctv, it will help you remain your sanity and grasp onto reality.

    • Insomnicide

      There’s nothing wrong with ancient historical dramas, Qing dynasty palace dramas on the other hand…

  • Joey

    Banning The Big Bang Theory is a good move, imo.

    • Chris Ferrara

      You couldn’t be more right

      • ClausRasmussen

        I think the clip is unfair to the actors. The show is shot in front of a live audience and taking out their reactions to the dialogue makes the timing all wrong.

    • bprichard

      Exactly, and nothing of value was lost. Especially considering there are plenty of other outlets to get this crappy series if you really feel the need.

      • Wololoo

        Because your opinion is the only one, and everyone should not be able to decide whatever he watches in private, but an old Chinese official.

        • Joey

          Actually, I decide.

  • mr.wiener

    Best way to make people want something is to tell them they can’t have it.
    Keep working on the soft power China.

    • http://www.richardfordphotography.com/ Richard Ford

      Streisand-esque..

    • donscarletti

      What they did with Google worked well, just blocking it some of it some of the time, randomly drop connections to it for a minute, then let them through again.

      Three years ago Chinese loved Google and people in the technology based industries used it more than Baidu. Now, almost nobody uses it and nobody wants to either, since after using it for half an hour in China you’d swear it was a poorly engineered piece of shit.

      Maybe the Chinese government could doctor the subtitles of these shows to put anti-China messages in, saying Chinese are weak, a certain Tibetan priest is fantastic, jokes about the Beijing Olympics being fake, saying Diaoyu Islands is Japanese, etc. Chinese, even Chinese those who like foreign shows hate that sort of thing, people watching it would be like “Why won’t these fucking Americans shut the fuck up about China?”, “What the hell is their problem, can’t they make jokes about anything else?” Then they would go back to watching stupid shit on CCTV.

      • Don’t Believe the Hype

        Google left China, they got tired of conceding to censurship BS. Since then, no one other than China has started using Baidu. Do you see a coincidence there?

  • Irvin

    I love the good wife, it’s smart, politically incorrect and most of all entertaining. China can ban all they want. It never stopped anyone. The only thing they achieved is showing its citizen how stupid they are.

    • ClausRasmussen

      >> politically incorrect

      It is ? I like the show too, but it seems to follow the mainstream PC line in American TV. If you want something definitely non PC, then dig out some Big Bang Theory episodes including Sheldon’s mom. Some quotes:

      Mrs Cooper: This is exciting. Back home, the diner on Route Four
      serves sushi, but it’s just cut up fish sticks and a side of Uncle
      Ben’s. They put it on the menu in those kung fu letters, but that don’t
      make it sushi.
      Leonard: Uh, kung fu letters might not be politically correct.
      Mrs Cooper: Oh, I thought the one we couldn’t say was ching chong.
      Leonard: Yeah, yeah, that, too.

      Mrs Cooper: Oh, this one’s sweet. You know, for your rosary rattlers.
      Leonard: Mrs. Cooper, we say Catholics, not rosary rattlers.
      Mrs Cooper: My goodness, it’s a wonder you people in California can talk at all.

      Talking to Raj: I made chicken. I hope that isn’t one of the animals that you people think is magic.

      Also talking to Raj: Mostly [a healer at Church] does crutch and wheelchair people, but I bet she’d be willing to take a shot at whatever third world demon is running around inside of you.”

      • Irvin

        Sure but the series never really resonate with me, perhaps it’s because I’m getting old.

  • bang2tang

    How about airing Gaki no Tsukai? kkk

    • masonman

      Great fucking show

  • Free Man

    What a nightmare, some chinese websites don’t show the Big Bang Theory anymore (one of my favourite series btw). Well, lucky that there are countless other websites and VPN/Proxy servers all over the internet, which makes blocking content actually impossible. At least if you get a good internet connection. I am always stuck with hotels using 56k modems for the entire building and trying to access anything outside of China takes ages.

    • Irvin

      You don’t need vpn for that.

  • Angie Mac

    “In 1987, China’s first email marked China’s entry into the Internet Age, and the content of that email was “Across the Great Wall we can reach every corner in the world. (越过长城,走向世界)”. Just how much of a joke that looks today.”

    Brilliant!

    • CoolHanc

      “Across the Great Wall we can….”
      They said it and they meant it. We now reach the internet through the online great firewall.
      How sad

  • Zappa Frank

    Finally the influence of the evil empire has been stopped. No more trash talk, sex orgy, and coprophagy that are the only reasons why Big Bang theory was famous for… Now we can back to the traditional old values, like to rip in half japanese with bare hands, and the society will be in armory again.
    And do not dare to say that there is no freedom, I can point my laser pen on any building here!

    • Rick in China

      Exaaaactly.

      Tempted to drudge up all those ridiculous freedom comments again :P

    • tomoe723

      I just learned a new word today: “coprophagy”. LOL. Well said you comment btw. Haha.

      • mr.wiener

        I shall try and casually slip that word into my next conversation.

        • tomoe723

          That won’t be so hard as most anything can be related to shit. =)

  • Sydneysider

    Not a bad idea. Even in Australia I had found myself cheering for the Americans while watching NCIS when they were clearly brainwashing the audience with Muslim-terrorist, American-paragon of virtue thing … until I read my Washington Post and CNN and remembered again what great brainwashers these guys are. I remember reading a few comments the other day that nearly fell me from my chair, something about how ‘we Americans’ must do our duty to protect those minorities and weak from the evil in this world, even if we are tired from always being called upon to police the world.

    • mr.wiener

      Making the world safe for democracy, one series at a time.

    • Cameron

      If people want to watch (pro US propaganda) on TV, who are we to stop them? Perhaps if China had a better education system, it’s population would be less ready to devour pro US propaganda via Hollywood/TV shows. But then that might lead to more Chinese questioning Chinese State television as well, which just wouldn’t do.

  • wrle

    I know korean dramas are popular but do chinese people watch japanese dramas? I have never actually watched a japanese drama (decent one anyway) in my life.

    • Irvin

      Bloody monday.

      Edit: anime – Death Note

      • Teacher in China

        Yeah! Death Note! Got a little ridiculous as it went on, but it sure was good at the beginning.

    • ClausRasmussen

      “Departures” and “Shall We Dance?” are the best Japanese dramas I’ve seen. If we’re talking animation, there are a plenty of good movies.

    • Angie Mac

      A lot of the Chinese game shows are based on Japanese. Not sure about dramas.

    • Bob Loblaw

      I really love japanese cinema and could never quite understand the comparatively poor quality of their dramas. I’ve only tried a handful of them so far, but I would definitely recommend “Going my Home” by director Hirokazu Kore-Eda. It’s a good show with a solid cast. 100% sappy love story free.

      • bang2tang

        not all japanese drama include sappy love scene on their story line. Ex. Hanzawa Naoki & JIN

        • Bob Loblaw

          I’m always happy to learn more and try to break whatever misconceptions I might have. I’ll find these two ones you mentioned. Jin especially looks interesting.

      • ScottLoar

        The typical Japanese movie is as predictable as a Hugh Grant film: Take a lost child with a puppy, throw in a misunderstood young woman and a young man without direction but only needing love to straighten him out and you’ve got the tear-jerker that will do well in revenue.

        • Bob Loblaw

          I guess we just didn’t see the same movies. In all honesty I can’t see any movie that fits your description. Well, maybe the japanese segment of Babel, with the deaf girl and the drug addicted tennager but the director was mexican.

        • tomoe723

          That’s not a typical Japanese movie, but rather, a typical Korean one. Don’t mix one with the other. Japanese films can also be very weird, weird humor, weird plot, weird blood and gore, no clear distinction between protagonist and antagonist, because in the end, the reasons why the antagonist went bad is strangely also very elaborately justified with emotional and human undertones, and so you can’t help but patronize him as well. So again, your description is a typical Korean film, not a Japanese one.

    • Kai

      They do and they’re available on similar Chinese sites too. K-dramas get a lot more attention though. The last one I remember watching had something to do with lawyers, and I watched that one because it had the same actor in one about climbing up the ranks of a bank in order to exact revenge for not extending his father a loan that resulted in him committing suicide. Can’t for the life of me remember the names at the moment though.

      A really famous one was from like eons ago, involving Takeshi Kaneshiro and a story about AIDS or something.

  • wnsk

    Whatever. This show is mostly only funny to geeks and geek-wannabes (me.) Most of the others just watch it for Kaley Cuoco’s cleavage baring antics (also me.)

  • death_by_ivory

    It is silly to ban anything,people can just download them anyway.My friends on the Mainland are avid fans of BBT.I couldnt even suffer through one episode.Completely retarded but each to his own.

  • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

    The Chinese Government has taken down all American shows. Why? For reasons.

    What are those reasons? They are reasons that are very reasonable.

    Why? Because they are reasons.

    It’s like someone mixed Idiocracy and North Korea together.

  • AB

    Most of the American dramas are nothing but a 20 minute compilation of lame adult jokes and nothing else, and in a way do tend to Americanize people of other countries gradually. But banning them is not good, especially some show as innocent (and lame) as TBBT.

    • Cameron

      Yes, most of what is produced is of course rubbish, as is the case in every industry. But then in amongst the hundreds of dross ones, there are a dozen outstanding or so outstanding US series. Why should people be forbidden from viewing them? Surely art is universal? What next after restricting access to TV series and movies? Music? Books?

      Imposing economic tariffs is one thing, and in some circumstances may be desirable. Trying to control what people hear, see and feel, on the other hand, is indefensible.

  • nqk123

    it’s hard not to link this to politic. (Obama visiting and signing agreements with japan, s korea, philippines, and malaysia) every time china is unhappy with some countries, they make an excuse to stop import/export

  • http://shanghaiist.com/ The FRED FONG

    Who cares….Hollywood and American culture is a bore….unless you’re a dumb American…then this is important news

  • John Wang

    The Big Bang Theory (nerd minstrel show) is a terrible show.

  • mattman183

    Byezinga!

  • narsfweasels

    Doubleplusgoodthink! Party cancels Agents Goldstein from propagating doubleplusungood Eurasian prolefeed.

  • Cameron

    I think you’ll find plenty of other countries also produce TV. People watch US shows because they prefer US shows. Read the above comments – the Chinese people are perfectly that China and Korea also produce TV – they just think its a pile of shit that makes even the crap US shows look like works of art.

  • ScottLoar

    Did not France (liberte’, egalite’, fraternite’) limit the number of US tv serials and projection of US movies to maintain French culture and language? And Spain? Others?

    This is no big deal. I find the average tv show as mediocre in China as in America, or Australia, or Malaysia, or Singapore, or Korea, or Japan (well, Japanese tv is so bad it borders on bizarre and so, perversely, I watch it when in Japan, I can’t seem to stop watching)… A good movie in any language remains a good movie, a bad movie just bad.

    • Don’t Believe the Hype

      So censorship is good? That seems to be what you are saying.

      • Surfeit

        Keywords: This is no big deal.

        • Don’t Believe the Hype

          So it’s ok to cherry pick which censurships are good and which are bad just because you think it is not high quality?

          • Surfeit

            Scott Loar doesn’t state that censorship is good.

            You suggest he does.

            I highlight he doesn’t.

            You then suggest I think censorship is good.

            Also knock it off with the closed questions, because it’s a dumb ass way to try and make a point.

          • tomoe723

            Lol, he can’t wrap his head around the ban/censorship thingie. The move is obviously political because it’s only banning American shows.

          • Don’t Believe the Hype

            no, its political because it was done by the state.

          • tomoe723

            Well, yeah, that too. It can also be political if done by a particular group with a political message.

          • Don’t Believe the Hype

            First off, don’t be a dick. All I’m asking is for him to clarify his point. He keeps talking about how he doesn’t like the shows, and then he follows up with how to define censorship and how it doesn’t matter because others do it. To be honest, I don’t care what country the show is from, nor if other countries do it, but with rationalizing it so much that you miss what it really is- censoring.
            This kind of censorship happens all the time, and if you start defending it in isolated circumstances (this show is bad, therefore it doesn’t matter), than you ignore the real trend in China’s censorship- To control information (only certain non-politically sensitive shows which don’t make you hate foreigners), to regulate where the message is coming from (China), to put more emphasis on domestic shows.
            Whether you agree or not with whether China should be able to do this, it is still censorship. Don’t lie to yourself.

      • ScottLoar

        Don’tBelieve the Hype:

        From the article titled What is Censorship?, see http://gilc.org/speech/osistudy/censorship/

        “Not all censorship is equal, nor does all arise from government or external force. People self-censor all the time; such restraint can be part of the price of rational dialogue.”

        Restraining and limiting the number of foreign programs broadcast in a country is not censorship. If you think so then find issue with France, Spain and a host of other countries that believe and practice so. And if a government or parent finds a television show or movie or comment or website pernicious then of course they can jolly well censor the content; look what happens here on ChinaSmack to those whose sole contribution is throwing shit on others.

        So, what is freedom? Action without limit and damn the consequences? Robert Frost defined it as “Freedom is moving easy in the harness”. Still, I invite you to explain why removing those tv programs is censorship and conversely, defend showing those tv programs as a benefit to the Chinese public. Yeah, I’m curious.

        • Don’t Believe the Hype

          So what is censorship exactly? What does a country have to do so that would qualify as censorship in your opinion? The fundamental difference I think we are having is that you think the government should have the power to censor just because it is low quality or because a parent or other country might do that too. OK, so france does it as well, it is still censorship. period. And once the government starts doing it, rather than a parent, than you no longer have freedom of speech in your media.

          It does not matter one bit how good the shows are, it is that they are being taken off to discourage favoritism /understanding of another country’s show. You can say they do it in Spain or France, but that does not change the fact that it is censorship.

        • Don’t Believe the Hype

          yes, that is exactly what freedom is, you give the power to the people to decide, not some saggy old Han/white male who doesn’t have a clue.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

    What an ignorant comment. You’ve clearly never stepped foot outside America (and if you have, that’s even more embarrassing).

    • ex-expat

      What makes you think he is American?

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/VictimOfBoredom Matt

        Well, practically all major countries and regions have domestic TV shows. It’s possible he’s from some minor country like Palau or Fiji.

        Still, like I said, to not be in America and somehow be unable to find any non-American TV shows or movies is pretty embarrassing. Hell, I live in the US and I can easily find both Korean and Hispanic TV shows just by turning on basic cable.

        • ex-expat

          Interesting…I took him to be a wu mao or some anti-American troll. I don’t think I’ve met an American that would speak that way. If he is he’s a fucking idiot.

          • RagnarDanneskjold

            I can’t remember who said it now (it was an American), but the quote went along the lines of, every criticism of America said by a foreigner was first said by an American. Pick any anti-American rant you want and you can find Americans already saying the same stuff.

          • ex-expat

            Criticism is one thing, openly wanting your country to fail is quite another. I am an American myself, and I have never met one whose sentiments echo those of the above post.

  • Cameron

    Why exactly the clampdown?

    Is it because young Chinese have the desire to experience US shows, that in many cases touch upon far more liberal topics and diverse lifestyles choices than is allowed under China’s strictly state controlled domestic Media?

    Is the Party afraid of how these shows are normalizing certain previously taboo behaviours such as homosexuality, drug use, and basically unconventional lifestyles in general? I suspect this may be one key reason for the ban. Democracies would have a “discussion” about these issues. China tries to pretend the issues don’t exist.

  • Guang Xiang

    Meanwhile, there’s the Chinese version of The Big Bang Theory.

    • wnsk

      wtf. the girl is cute though, heh.

      p.s. the guy who posted this said it’s just a “test recording”, so it’s not an actual show or anything (thank goodness.)

      • Guang Xiang

        haha, thank goodness indeed.

  • Bob Loblaw

    Funny, I just saw it 3 weeks ago. I found the scenario a little over-stretched, but it was a good movie nevertheless.

    I’m currently watching Juzo Itami’s movies. You should like them if you enjoyed Tokyo Sonata, they’re also adressing Japan’s problems and paradoxes (albeit different ones since it was shot in the 80’s) but with a lot of dark/weird and nonsensical humor on top of it.

  • moop

    They can’t produce such shows of such high-quality, so they also won’t allow internet video companies to bring them in from abroad at the same time [as they are broadcast abroad], expanding the market share for legally licensed content. This is having the people continue being in the pirated market. I can only turn towards internet download sources to continue following these shows.

    This guy’s pretty spot on, and we know this is one of the reasons superior foreign products face high hurdles outright ban in order to enter the chinese market

    the US really needs to start considering a policy of reciprocity. they cap the import of our movies, ban our tv shows, limit or block our news media, harass our journalists, and nothing happens to them in return.

    • ex-expat

      Agreed. It’s tough though…I think it’s important to stick to values, but on the other hand, they get to have their cake and eat it, too.

  • Alphy

    Wow that’s smart, let’s ban shows that were legally licensed and paid for. Push people to download and buy DVD off the streets. What? Online commercial profit not good enough to feed all the Chengguan?

    While you are at it, can you please first fix the freaken internet first? China’s internet connection to the outside world has been crap for the last month and a half. It is making your plan for people to switch to illegal download stuff really hard!

  • Alphy

    Right… why don’t you come live in Shanghai with us to enjoy this wonderful censorship together. You can watch these nice CCTV shows, and have fun trying but not succeeding in reaching websites like Picasa, Facebook, wordpress, etc etc.

    And if you happen to like playing online games, you get to play in 1500 ping and 10% packet loss to give you a great challenge.

    Why don’t you take a look at other Asian country sites to see if your “Western disdain” theory holds true. There’s Korea and Japan Smack sister sites that’s translated for you already. And maybe you should visit those places along with HK, and Singapore before you make all these West vs. East assumptions.

  • http://www.richardfordphotography.com/ Richard Ford

    5000 Years…..

  • Surfeit

    Unbelievable Jeff.

    • Dante

      hahaha nice!
      I can imagine this being banned on the basis that Chinese people don’t understand it and it makes them think too much.

  • Surfeit

    & there in lies the beauty!

  • Don’t Believe the Hype

    Critical thinking is a sign of intelligence. If 10 years from now Shanghai Chinese stop having an opinion and just let others roll over them, then what kind of place is that? Blind patriotism gets a country nowhere.

  • timothy235

    NCIS is good. They should have kept Ziva though.

  • Mahmet Tokarev

    Can people in China watch Game of Thrones though? It would be ironic if they can watch a show with lots of unnecessary fvck scenes and people getting chopped up and tortured but they can’t watch boring old Big Bang Theory.

    • death_by_ivory

      They can watch anything they want.Who do you think pirates the dvds?Ever fancied a new release for 15 dls on ebay when it is 34 retail price?

    • Don’t Believe the Hype

      I’ve seen mainlanders watching it on their laptops while riding the bus. That was in Sichuan, I’m not sure how popular it is tho

  • ClausRasmussen

    They have silenced the laughter between the actors lines. The actors doesn’t say their lines before the laughter has died down and at most a chuckling is heard.

  • ScottLoar

    To All;

    “Yeah, like most Hollywood shlock mainstream Japanese film stinks but there’s is good film being made in Japan” seems a pretty accurate summation of your comments to me. The word “typical” seems to escape you as most rush to defend Japanese cinema, implying that the overall quality would make Kurosawa and other directors of classic films proud. That’s a bit like me criticizing Adam Sandler’s mindless schlock and here comes the defense throwing up Casablanca, Pulp Fiction and Brokeback Mountain to the contrary.

    Gee Boblaw, I really guess we don’t see the same Japanese films if you maintian that my description is unknown to Japanese cinema. And, gee tomoe723, I really don’t know the difference between Korean and Japanese? Mystified I was, thinking that Korean film was Japanese? And Claude, there was no puppy dog in 亂 so I my description of a “typical” Japanese film created for entertainment to a young audience, for revenue, is wrong? Such heightened tastes you have, that the cinema schlock produced in Japan by Japanese for Japanese never reaches your elevated gaze. You guys just don’t even recognize sappy – yes, sappy – Japanese film, or have I once again confused those as really being made in Korea? Such a neat premise: I don’t know what I’m talkin’ about because I don’t know the difference between Korean and Japanese language and culture.

    • Claude

      In my last sentence I agreed with you and in my comment below, also.
      I won’t apologise for not sitting through some shitty film.

      • ScottLoar

        As you originally prefaced, “Really?”

        I’m not asking you to sit on the dung heap of popular Japanese film and sift through it. I’m asking you to recognize that dung heap even as I well know that, yes, puppy dogs are not in every Japanese film.

  • Claude

    Sorry it should of read “What Scott said has some truth….”

  • ScottLoar

    Westiseast;

    China is promoting itself as a world power and will plainly not follow the open market, self-critical, uncensored and win-win policies of the US. In short, China will not act the way the US does nor share its policies, so don’t expect the same. Success or failure is not yet determined or even apparent.

    Chinese governing authorities have always maintained the policy of promoting public morality according to the orthodoxy current to the day and as they define that orthodoxy, and will defend their notion of public morality. That’s not what I advocate, that’s just the way it is, and neither your comments or mine will change that.

    I doubt China’s ability to export its “culture”; it hadn’t done so beyond the overseas Chinese communities and even there the culture has been modified to local circumstances.

    • Don’t Believe the Hype

      wow, I hope that wasn’t a defense. u really make china sound like shit.

    • Rick in China

      This part… “open market, self-critical, uncensored and win-win policies of the US”

      I think we can both destroy each of those points beyond any rational argument, but it’s fun to pretend that the US is the epitome of all of the above :D

  • ScottLoar

    You’re just silly; it’s not tu quoque. Read my comments then explain why to your mind France and Spain are like the CCP.

    No, I don’t think you’ll understand the irony of that last sentence. So, go to “westiseast” comment below and look to the first paragraph. He explains the situation of France and Spain well; why can’t you apply that same to China without prejudice and snark?

  • nqk123

    it could also be protectionism. their state owned tv are losing deep profits over private owned online streaming companies that stream lots of foreign shows/movies.

    • ScottLoar

      That’s the best rational answer even if not the real reason. And I don’t know the real reason because I don’t know the quoted policy, but suspect the authorities just want to limit US influence through what the populace watches, especially the young.

  • hess

  • Dr Sun

    Good riddance to bad rubbish

    • IsurvivedChina

      I take you it you’re not a fan of comedy?

      • Dr Sun

        theres a big difference between good comedy and lame sitcoms.

        • IsurvivedChina

          crappy dramas as well too!

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