Chinese ban on ‘gay media’ sparks online backlash
A crackdown on material featuring same sex couples in China has sparked a backlash on the country’s micro-blogging website Sina Weibo.
In total, there were 84 categories banned by the Chinese authorities. These included drugs, prostitution, erotic behavior and anything pertaining to homosexual activity. The ruling from Beijing not only bans anything sexual but also any depiction of gay relationships – for example in TV dramas.
However, people took to social media to criticize the ban, with one user saying ‘Aren’t people born equal? … What right do you have to discriminate against others?’ The hashtag ‘Online Content Review Discriminating [Against] Gays’ was quickly trending in China with thousands of people taking to the internet to condemn the actions of Beijing censors.
The content was banned in a bid to ‘realize the China dream of a great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation’ according to official guidelines. Li Yinhe, a prominent LGBT campaigner and commentator in China told the BBC that ‘To [the government], homosexuality is regarded as obscene,” she says, adding that the LGBT community is very angry.’