China has banned 120 “immoral” songs and ordered Web site administrators to remove them from their sites amid a broadening crackdown on the country’s Internet content.
The Chinese Ministry of Culture on Monday said the 120 songs “trumpeted obscenity, violence, crime or harmed social morality” and those responsible for Web site content would face “severe punishment” if they were not taken down.
Five songs by the Taiwanese singer Chang Chen-yue (張震嶽), also known as A-yue (阿嶽) are included on the list, including I Love Taiwanese Girls, with the line “I don’t like Chinese women, I love Taiwanese girls,” and the song Fart, which includes the line: “There are some people in the world who like farting while doing nothing.”
Another song by Chinese singer Xu Song (許嵩) called Shaking Your Head For Fun sounds the same as “head-shaking pill,” slang for the drug ecstasy.
The banned list — which contains many household names and karaoke favorites such as Beijing Hooligans, Don’t Want to Go to School and Suicide Diary — has been met with a mixed reaction online.
Some commenters supported the blacklisting: “Thumbs up! Such bad taste and vulgarity. You can tell just by looking at the names!”
Other comments on China’s social media platform Sina Weibo were more sarcastic.
“Thank you Ministry of Culture for the recommendations!” wrote Weibo user LeOn-Off.
“This is why Chinese hip-hop culture will never rise,” one said.
Xinhua news agency said the list would be updated regularly.
The music ban comes after an announcement in June that 38 Japanese manga cartoons would be blacklisted from appearing online.
At the time, 29 Web sites received warnings or fines for carrying shows that “encourage juvenile delinquency, glorify violence and include sexual content,” state media reported.
In a speech to some of China’s leading artists last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) said their work should present socialist values and not carry the “stench of money.”
The speech was immediately compared by state media with Mao Zedong’s (毛澤東) famous Yanan talks on art and literature in 1942.
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