Cartoons and children’s shows are next on the chopping block in China’s entertainment crackdown

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The country’s broadcasting authority, the National Radio and Television Administration, announced late Friday that it would ban cartoons and other TV shows produced primarily for children that contain any mention of violence, blood, obscenity or pornography.

The authority said, TV channels should “strongly oppose bad conspiracies,” and instead only broadcast “excellent cartoons with healthy content and promoting truth, goodness and beauty”. in a statement on its website.
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“Children and teenagers are the main audience groups of cartoons,” the authority said, adding that broadcasting organizations should set up special TV channels for children that create a good environment for “healthy development of young people”.

The new rule applies to all cartoons broadcast on television as well streamed online – and Although the authority did not name any specific show, network Didn’t waste time implementing it.

“Ultraman Three” A hugely popular Japanese series about a superhero who defends Earth from monsters and aliens was pulled from the online streaming platform on Friday. state-run tabloids Global Times suggested that it could have been removed because its “violent plot” included fight scenes and explosions.

NS The removal of the show caused widespread outrage and dismay among its Chinese fans. The topic was trending on the heavily censored Chinese social media platform Weibo. One The popular post, which broke news of the ban, was liked more than 1 million times before being removed. The hashtag to remove the show has garnered over 84 million views so far.

“So many people loved watching the animation tiga when they were little. Not only that [expresses] Belief in the light, but it is also the childhood memories of my people. Plus, it doesn’t seem to have any negative effects on people,” a Weibo user commented under the now-deleted post, possibly referencing the “light” of humanity and justice that saves the protagonist throughout the series.

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“Ultraman Tiga”, which first aired in 1996, is part of the larger Ultraman franchise, which debuted in 1966 and gained popularity throughout Asia. The ubiquity of the protagonist can be compared to Superman in the United States.

Some on Chinese social media pointed out that conflict is a part of life and that cartoons provide a valuable way to teach children about more complex issues. “Is this world black or white?” Another Weibo user commented under the deleted post. “Isn’t it nice to talk more about human nature?”

Others argued that if authorities were concerned about depictions of violence or obscenity, they could also ban four classic novels—four highly influential works written between the 14th and 18th centuries—and masterpieces in Chinese literature. are believed to – because they contain a civil war plot. Government corruption, executions and murders, and youthful romance. The novels, especially “Journey to the West” and their adaptations are taught to children and taught in schools.

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But their protest may be in vain. China has been For some time cartoons and other shows – including many made in China – hinted at action.

In April, authorities in Jiangsu province released a list of 21 cartoons and television dramas that could affect children’s development. The list included the famous show “Peppa Pig,” a British cartoon series; “My Little Pony,” an American cartoon; and “Case Closed”, also known as “Detective Conan”, is a widely successful Japanese manga and anime series.

Friday’s ban comes as Chinese authorities shut down various sectors of the entertainment industry, from “idol” competition shows to K-pop fan clubs and “affiliate” male pop stars.
According to a list circulating on social media, during the government’s efforts to clean up the industry, several “misbehaving celebrities” have been allegedly blacklisted by broadcasting authorities. in August.
In almost all recent sanctions and actions, Chinese officials and state media have consistently condemned the potential for young minds to capitalist moral degradation and Western values, and instead encouraged nationalism and loyalty to the regime Chinese Communist Party among Chinese youth.
For example, on Friday, Beijing’s Television and Radio Authority launched a training course designed to help broadcasters and entertainment activists create content that has a “positive impact” on the public. Global Times. This meant discouraging materialism and vanity, while spreading “right values” such as “patriotic thinking” and “national spirit”.


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