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China orders broadcasters to ban "sissy men" it deems aren't masculine enough for TV
SEPTEMBER 3, 2021 / 6:35 AM / CBS/AP


China's government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters Thursday to promote "revolutionary culture," broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality.

President Xi Jinping has called for a "national rejuvenation," with tighter Communist Party control of business, education, culture and religion. Companies and the public are under increasing pressure to align with its vision for a more powerful China and healthier society.

The party has reduced children's access to online games and is trying to discourage what it sees as unhealthy attention to celebrities.


Broadcasters must "resolutely put an end to sissy men and other abnormal esthetics," the National Radio and TV Administration said, using an insulting slang term for effeminate men - "niang pao," or literally, "girlie guns."

China TV Crackdown
Visitors walk past a display of posters for Chinese movie and television productions at the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. China's government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters Thursday.
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That reflects official concern that Chinese pop stars, influenced by the sleek, fashionable look of some South Korean and Japanese singers and actors, are failing to encourage China's young men to be masculine enough.

Broadcasters should avoid promoting "vulgar internet celebrities" and admiration of wealth and celebrity, the regulator said. Instead, programs should "vigorously promote excellent Chinese traditional culture, revolutionary culture and advanced socialist culture."

Xi's government also is tightening control over Chinese internet industries.

It has launched anti-monopoly, data security and other enforcement actions at companies including games and social media provider Tencent Holding and e-commerce giant Alibaba Group that the ruling party worries are too big and independent.

Rules that took effect Wednesday limit anyone under 18 to three hours per week of online games and prohibit play on school days.

Reaction to the new gaming rules has been mixed. Some Beijing parents told CBS News they agreed that their children's time was better spent exercising or studying, while others criticized the move as government overreach into family life.

"It seems to be part of a major push to really bring the government front and center into all elements of people's lives," Hong Kong-based technology and online media expert Paul Haswell told CBS News.


Game developers already were required to submit new titles for government approval before they could be released. Officials have called on them to add nationalistic themes.

The party also is tightening control over celebrities.

Broadcasters should avoid performers who "violate public order" or have "lost morality," the regulator said. Programs about the children of celebrities also are banned.

On Saturday, microblog platform Weibo Corp. suspended thousands of accounts for fan clubs and entertainment news.

A popular actress, Zhao Wei, has disappeared from streaming platforms without explanation. Her name has been removed from credits of movies and TV programs.

Thursday's order told broadcasters to limit pay for performers and to avoid contract terms that might help them evade taxes.

Another actress, Zheng Shuang, was fined 299 million yuan ($46 million) last week on tax evasion charges in a warning to celebrities to be positive role models.

Since GoG is a lapdog of China, will games that depict effeminate men be banned?
Will GoG limit how long minors can operate Galaxy?
Post edited September 04, 2021 by Jorev
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TIL China has a sissy man problem.

lol
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Jorev: China orders broadcasters to ban "sissy men" it deems aren't masculine enough for TV
They can come over to the USA and be generals in the military.
reminds me of my old boss saying he didn't want me to drive like a woman.
Um please explain.. how do women drive that is inherently different to the road rules as laid down by my country that we all are meant to be following?
I don't understand... do you want me not to apply makeup and chat on the phone while driving.. I literally do not have these problems; and it's usually the boss that tries calling me while he knows I'm mid transit and hence unable to take his call due to driving.
*shrugs*

So with China... Orwellian authoritarian communist regime -> does it's thing.
Not sure how shocked you expect me to be here.

There use to be this thing online where the UN categorization of each countries political establishment could be looked up.
Like Australia thinks it's a Democracy wherein it's actually like a type of bannanna republic or something; really wish i could find it again if anyone has seen it around the interwebs.

p.s. an also heh China -> problem with sissy men? what happened to all those female babies who were meant to be the sissy. Just sayin :P
Post edited September 04, 2021 by MaceyNeil
I wonder what kind of far reaching effect this will have on the media we all consume. We know at one time the US dictated a lot of the available media because it was one of, if not the biggest single market. Lately we've seen our media all shift to appeasing China (and by that I mean the Chinese government). So will this affect American, Australian and European entertainment media significantly? Thoughts?
Post edited September 04, 2021 by paladin181
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paladin181: I wonder what kind of far reaching effect this will have on the media we all consume. We know at one time the US dictated a lot of the available media because it was one of, if not the biggest single market. Lately we've seen our media all shift to appeasing China (and by that I mean the Chinese government). So will this affect American, Australian and European entertainment media significantly? Thoughts?
China is actively promoting -- through both money and influence -- the opposite agenda abroad.

Having Western friends who have recently moved from China, many of them relate how China has changed dramatically within the last 5 years.

As I said in another thread, China is adopting a posture of active preparation for potential conflict and this is one of the internal strategies (one of many).
Post edited September 04, 2021 by kai2
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Jorev: China orders broadcasters to ban "sissy men" it deems aren't masculine enough for TV
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fronzelneekburm: They can come over to the USA and be generals in the military.
Fair point. It's the woke military now.
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paladin181: I wonder what kind of far reaching effect this will have on the media we all consume. We know at one time the US dictated a lot of the available media because it was one of, if not the biggest single market. Lately we've seen our media all shift to appeasing China (and by that I mean the Chinese government). So will this affect American, Australian and European entertainment media significantly? Thoughts?
Having been raised by grandparents stories about living under 30ys German regime and how a lot of it sounds so familiar with current China (although with more modern methods) combined with how other states mirrors the appeasement from back then I'd say enjoy whatever media you have (and learn some basic Chinese; just in case). They don't do what they do because Xi is a gamer that wants bad ass games made for an mature audience; he wants the current youth growing up to be later easily pumped up for war.
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kai2: As I said in another thread, China is adopting a posture of active preparation for potential conflict and this is one of the internal strategies (one of many).
If China attacks Taiwan, I wonder how bad the CPU and GPU chip shortage will be after that, considering TMSC...?
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Maybe China will enact gamer genocide and send gamers to re-education camps. I wonder how this would change the image of gaming in Western countries.
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Jorev: China orders broadcasters to ban "sissy men" it deems aren't masculine enough for TV
SEPTEMBER 3, 2021 / 6:35 AM / CBS/AP

China's government banned effeminate men on TV and told broadcasters Thursday to promote "revolutionary culture," broadening a campaign to tighten control over business and society and enforce official morality.

President Xi Jinping has called for a "national rejuvenation," with tighter Communist Party control of business, education, culture and religion. Companies and the public are under increasing pressure to align with its vision for a more powerful China and healthier society.
Whenever politicians start saying things like "national rejuvenation," that usually means they're either trying to distract from their own incompetence as leaders or they're hiding some bad and/or illegal behavior.
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Anothername: Xi [...] wants the current youth growing up to be later easily pumped up for war.
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timppu: If China attacks
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kai2: China is adopting a posture of active preparation for potential conflict
Just to put the CIA-ordained talking points of China being the aggressor into proper context, let's have a quick look at a handy dandy map of US military bases in the Pacific. Notice anything?

Oddly enough, I don't see the Chinese having military bases off the coast of California.
Post edited September 04, 2021 by fronzelneekburm
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fronzelneekburm:
There's a good chance though that China will eventually try to re-integrate Taiwan by force, the current situation seems unstable. And such a conflict could easily lead to WW3, given the increasingly close ties between Russia and China.
(note, I'm opposed to demonization of China and Russia, imo the eagerness for confrontation seen among sections of Western opinion-makers and politicians is a mistake).
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kai2: China is adopting a posture of active preparation for potential conflict
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fronzelneekburm: Just to put the CIA-ordained talking points of China being the aggressor into proper context, let's have a quick look at a handy dandy map of US military bases in the Pacific. Notice anything?

Oddly enough, I don't see the Chinese having military bases off the coast of California.
Even if the CCP invades Taiwan, you won't have to worry about the average American, who will not want anything to do with it, especially after Afghanistan.
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TheBigCore: Even if the CCP invades Taiwan, you won't have to worry about the average American, who will not want anything to do with it, especially after Afghanistan.
There was a recent poll about this which paints a more complicated picture:
https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/research/public-opinion-survey/first-time-half-americans-favor-defending-taiwan-if-china-invades
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/defense-08272021140711.html
In any case, these issues aren't decided by average people.