The Chinese internet is abuzz after some American TV shows have apparently been axed (since yesterday) by a stricter content policy by the government. The Big Bang Theory, The Good Wife, The Practice and NCIS are four of the shows I've seen mentioned so far. Numerous video websites now show “due to [government] policy reasons, this video is unable to be viewed.”
I'm a little surprised House of Cards, which is hugely popular over here, hasn't been axed, too. Especially the second season which has a fairly negative Chinese presence.
The second photo is a still from a Chinese TV series showing a Chinese kungfu master ripping a Japanese soldier in half with his bare hands. Every day, pretty much all day, you can watch the Japanese devils getting their due at the hands of avenging Chinese.
Following are some of the comments I've run into on the internet...
I suggest they just broadcast Japanese devils being ripped in half with bare hands epics everyday!
What content is in The Big Bang Theory? Is it very yellow, very violent? If it isn’t, then why take it down? Learning from North Korea?
In 1987, China’s first email marked China’s entry into the Internet Age, and the content of that email was “Across the Great Wall we can reach every corner in the world. (越过长城，走向世界)”. Just how much of a joke that looks today.
Even if all foreign shows are taken down, I still won’t watch [domestic] brainwashing TV shows and garbage TV shows!
Are we only allowed to watch various ridiculous TV shows about abusing Little Japan?
I thank the government and thank the Party! For truly going through a lot of trouble for the people!
Even The Big Bang Theory…are you serious?
Sheldon sometimes mentions China, and does so in ridicule or as a joke. If this were to come from the mouths of politicians, then I think I would not be comfortable hearing it. But this is from the mouth of Sheldon, whose emotional quotient is 0. Americans making fun of you means China is constantly expanding its influence in America. This is the mentality of amusement of Americans, and China instead pettily refuses to be made fun of. May I ask, where is the self-confidence and charisma of China as a large country/major power? I don’t see it. I’m very disappointed.
BTW, one of the comments asked if The Big Bang Theory is very yellow. What we (used to) call blue movies in the West are called huang pian, or yellow movies in China...because, if you watch yellow movies, then you're seeing a lot of yellow skin.