…and bans the movie Brokeback Mountain in China.
Gay cowboy romance Brokeback Mountain has been banned in mainland China after outraging censors there.
The film shocked China’s broadcast regulator the State Administration of Radio, Film & Television, as the nation still considers homosexuality a taboo subject.
Director Ang Lee last week hailed Asia for having a more open-minded stance on sexuality – so the ban will be a blow to the Taiwanese film maker.
Meanwhile, sexual content in Memoirs of a Geisha, which stars Chinese stars Gong Li and Ziyi Zhang, also caused a stir, but distributor Columbia TriStar insists the movie will eventually be screened in China.
Of course, Chinese people who want to see the movie have already bought the pirated DVD, which probably appeared on the street within 48 hours of the film’s premier in the US. Still, it’s a shame that that’s the only way it’ll be available.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.