China Has Just Banned Hip-Hop Culture & Tattoos From Television

24 January 2018, 12:48 | Updated: 24 January 2018, 13:08

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"Tasteless, vulgar and obscene" actors are no longer permitted.

China has officially banned Hip-Hop culture and actors with tattoos from appearing on television, reports TIME.

From now on, the country’s top media regulator "specifically requires that programs should not feature actors with tattoos [or depict] hip hop culture, sub-culture (non-mainstream culture) and dispirited culture (decadent culture)," Chinese news outlet Sina reports.

There are now four 'Don't' rules that were put in place by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT).

Gao Changli, director of the administration’s publicity department, outlined the rules last Friday and are as follows:

  • Absolutely do not use actors whose heart and morality are not aligned with the party and whose morality is not noble
  • Absolutely do not use actors who are tasteless, vulgar and obscene
  • Absolutely do not use actors whose ideological level is low and have no class
  • Absolutely do not use actors with stains, scandals and problematic moral integrity

The new regulations were put in place following a recent string of controversies regarding censorship of the genre in the country.

A number of Chinese Hip-Hop artists have come under fire in recent weeks for behaviour perceived as contentious, inappropriate lyrics and utilising controversial themes in their music.

A rapper named GAI was cut from hit Chinese singing competition show, 'Singer', while rapper VaVa was removed from a variety show called 'Happy Camp' because of her association with Hip-Hop.

Notable rapper PG One issued a public apology earlier this month after his song 'Christmas Eve' was slammed for allegedly promoting drug culture and portraying sexist values.

Additionally, Triple H, an influential underground rapper, has been removed from several major streaming sites.

After news of the ban broke online, people took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

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