China's Newest Over-The-Top Censorship: No Naughty Words

by
Zohaib Ahmed
Attention China: Just because your citizens can't say farts doesn't mean they don't exist.

Chinese music fans aren't even free to listen to the songs of their liking anymore.

News is that the country's communist leadership has deemed 120 songs as immoral and ordered local websites to immediately pull them off or get ready to face some serious repercussions.

As per the Chinese Ministry of Culture, the songs they've identified "trumpeted obscenity, violence, crime or harmed social morality."

Among the banned songs is Taiwanese singer Chang Csun Yuk's "I Love Taiwanese Girls," in which he sings, "I don’t like Chinese women, I love Taiwanese girls."

Apparently, Chang's preference for beauties from his own country over Chinese women is a matter of grave concern for Beijing. Meanwhile, the singer of hit song "Fart" may have hit a raw nerve when he playfully crooned, "There are some people in the world who like farting while doing nothing."

The song doesn't name names of farters, but policymakers over in the Far East are just too sensitive and may have assumed it's them.

Local musicians aren't safe from the song-banning wrath either. China's very own Xu Song has his "Shaking Your Head for Fun" on the list because it reminds some people of the head shaking pill that is more commonly known as ecstasy.

The Chinese government's needless interference in the entertainment industry has drawn mixed reactions, with some supporting the decision to filter out crude songs while others murmuring their disapproval.

This is obviously not the first time that the Chinese Ministry of Culture has attempted to harness the local pop culture. Earlier in the summer, they banned 38 Japanese manga cartoons for their encouragement of juvenile delinquency, glorification of violence and sexual content.

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