‘Associates’ has been censored in China over its LGBT-related storylines.
The hit US sitcom has been edited on Chinese language streaming platforms – together with iQiyi and Youku – which have eliminated all references to Ross Geller’s ex-wife Carol being homosexual and in a relationship with one other girl.
Carol – who was performed initially by Anita Barone, earlier than she was changed by Jane Sibbett – was edited out of her first look within the present, together with all references to Ross – performed by David Schwimmer – getting divorced, the South China Morning Submit newspaper stories.
In the meantime, a scene that confirmed Joey – performed by Matt LeBlanc – and Chandler – performed by Matthew Perry – kissing at a New 12 months’s Eve celebration has additionally been eliminated by the streaming platforms.
Followers of the comedy lately took to the Chinese language social media website Weibo to voice their opposition to the transfer, utilizing the hashtag FriendsCensored. Nevertheless, the hashtag has now been faraway from the positioning, in response to CNN.
Previous to this launch, the unedited model of the sitcom was out there between 2012 and 2013 on platforms resembling Sohu and iQiyi.
Nevertheless, in 2016, the Chinese language authorities introduced in new tips that prohibited TV programmes from that includes homosexual relationships, together with subjects that “exaggerate the darkish aspect of society”.
The eight-page doc banned “vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content material” and dominated that homosexuality, extra-marital affairs, informal intercourse and underage relationships as no-go areas.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, the Oscar-winning biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, was beforehand altered to fulfill the rules. Editors of the movie eliminated over two minutes of LGBT-related content material, together with two males kissing and the usage of the phrase “homosexual”.
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