A popular TV show that was pulled from the air temporarily for ‘technical’ reasons has re-appeared with an increase in close-ups and notable absence of cleavage.
The Empress of China, which stars Fan Bingbing as Empress Wu Zetian, quickly became a hot topic of discussion for the sexy costumes and plunging necklines which led to the female characters being dubbed ‘squeezed breasts’ by netizens.
This apparently wasn’t too popular with the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, who took prudery to new heights by taking the show off air and cutting it, so now, all you can see is uncomfortably tight close-ups of the actresses faces.
This has drawn its fair share of criticism from viewers who will now be unable to see the various wardrobe changes- surely a key part of any costume drama- as well as a few sarcastic comments from people who are sick of the SAPPRFT imposing strict censorship on programming deemed to be ‘unhealthy’.
In 2011, the SAPPRFT banned time-travel from TV shows, saying that it ‘lacks positive thoughts and meaning’ and more recently, Game of Thrones was removed from online streaming portals and broadcast on CCTV- with all the sex and violence removed. Netizens famously declared that the new, edited version was like ‘watching a medieval castle documentary’.
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