China Bans Gay Relationships On TV, Among Other 'Unhealthy Content'
New media guidelines in China say TV programming can't show gay relationships, smoking, adultery or reincarnation.By Ethan Weston | March 5, 2016
As part of a crackdown on what China considers "vulgar, immoral and unhealthy content," the government's new regulations ban depictions of gay people on TV.
One of the first victims of these new regulations was a show called "Addicted," which featured two men in gay relationships. The show was pulled from Chinese streaming sites last week.
The new rules are a part of the continued effort by Chinese President Xi Jinping to limit what the country's media produce. In a 2014 speech, Xi stressed art must serve a social purpose and encouraged "socialist artwork."