Apparently this was over a popular Chinese television show, “Shen Hua” (Myth), about an adolescent who travels 2,000 years back in time and befriends two prominent Chinese historical figures: Xiang Yu and Liu Bang.
The announcement of the ban was made on April 1 by the General Bureau of Radio, Film and Television.
Interestingly they’ve also banned future movies and shows on the Four Great Classical Novels of China: “Romance of the Three Kingdoms,” “Outlaws of the Marsh,” “Journey to the West,” and “A Dream of Red Mansions.”
The way this is unfolding seems to go a lot deeper than what the regime is claiming. For the record, the claim is that these shows “are treating the serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means by encouraged anymore.”
Ironic, given that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) destroyed most of China’s traditional culture to establish itself during the Cultural Revolution. Not to mention that they’ve continued to misconstrue the country’s culture since then.
According to the Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party:
“There were two reasons for the CCP to do so. On the one hand, the kindness inherent in human nature, which the CCP could not possibly eradicate, will lead to the destruction of the ‘Party culture.’ On the other hand, the CCP intended to use traditional culture to apply cosmetics to their [true] face in order to cover up their evil nature of ‘deceit, wickedness and violence.’”
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