Men wearing earrings?! Scandalous! At least it was scandalous in the ’80s. Today it is just a poor fashion choice that many men make, but Chinese censors think that it is an offense serious enough to be blurred on TV. CNN reports:
It’s unclear if Chinese regulators have issued a specific directive barring men from being shown wearing earrings, or whether TV stations are reacting to a shift in what is considered culturally appropriate. Last year, China’s media regulator banned TV stations from featuring actors with tattoos. Depictions of “hip hop culture, sub-culture and immoral culture,” were also banned according to Chinese state media…
When it comes to television, the country’s regulations previously barred programs from airing content that expresses “overt admiration for Western lifestyles,” jokes about Chinese traditions or defiles “classic materials…”
The country’s censors have also been quick to black out content on LGBT issues. Guidelines released in China in 2016 characterized homosexuality as an “abnormal sexual behavior” unfit for Chinese television, alongside incest, sexual abuse and “perversion.