According to an article in Reuters, China has put a government-sanctioned ban on all things spooky in an effort to “control and cleanse the negative effect these items have on society, and to prevent horror, violent, cruel publications from entering the market through official channels and to protect adolescents’ psychological health.” To put my reaction in the simplest terms possible: Whoa.
How long has it been since an entire country has banned horror movies? Decades? How scary is it that one of the largest countries in the world has out-and-out banned horror?
The ban on horror covers anything and everything with “wronged spirits and violent ghosts, monsters, demons, and other inhuman portrayals, strange and supernatural storytelling for the sole purpose of seeking terror and horror.” Their reasoning behind it all? They want China all nice and morally clean before the Beijing Olympics hit there in August, as if anyone really cares about the Olympics anymore.
I can really foresee a moral cleansing of a country the size of China backfiring in a big, ugly way. I’m sure you guys are going to have a few things to say, too, so … get talking.
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