China Bans Time Travel for Television

In a move which may leave you scratching your head in confusion, the latest directions from the State Administration of Radio Film and Television in China bans shows which include concepts like time travel, rewriting history or reincarnation. From CNN:

The latest guidance on television programming from the State Administration of Radio Film and Television in China borders on the surreal – or, rather, an attack against the surreal.

New guidelines issued on March 31 discourages plot lines that contain elements of “fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and a lack of positive thinking.”

“The government says … TV dramas shouldn’t have characters that travel back in time and rewrite history. They say this goes against Chinese heritage,” reports CNN’s Eunice Yoon. “They also say that myth, superstitions and reincarnation are all questionable.”

Chinese censorship at its best?

April 13, 2011 10:05 PM
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