History Main / BannedInChina

16th May '17 9:26:35 AM nombretomado
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* ''Film/TheBattleshipPotemkin'', an early Soviet propaganda film glorifying the communist revolution against TsaristRussia, was banned under UsefulNotes/JosefStalin [[FullCircleRevolution for its anti-authority message]].

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* ''Film/TheBattleshipPotemkin'', an early Soviet propaganda film glorifying the communist revolution against TsaristRussia, UsefulNotes/TsaristRussia, was banned under UsefulNotes/JosefStalin [[FullCircleRevolution for its anti-authority message]].
26th Apr '17 12:09:14 PM AthenaBlue
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* A downplayed example of this would be rating games 18+ (i.e. unsuitable for minors) despite the fact that those games are rated "teen" (or 12+, or PG, or something similar) in other countries. A fairly surprising example was Videogame/TheSims4, though while not banned, was presumably rated 18+ because the game does nothing to prohibit same-sex relationships. Worth mentioning that the previous three games of the series were not at all different in that particular aspect; they were simply released before the proliferation of HeteronormativeCrusader laws in Russia.

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* A downplayed example of this would be rating games 18+ (i.e. unsuitable for minors) despite the fact that those games are rated "teen" (or 12+, or PG, or something similar) in other countries. A fairly surprising example was Videogame/TheSims4, though ''Videogame/TheSims4'' which, while not banned, was presumably rated 18+ because the game does nothing to prohibit same-sex relationships. Worth mentioning that the previous three games of the series were not at all different in that particular aspect; they were simply released before the proliferation of HeteronormativeCrusader laws in Russia.



* Two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', namely "The Answer" & "Hit the Diamond" are banned from airing in Russia and Bulgaria (since the Russian feed of Creator/CartoonNetwork is shared with Bulgaria) due to the heavy LGBT tones. The ban of Hit The Diamond caused a plot hole later on as the antagonists in the episode reappeared later in season who mention said episode's events.

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* Two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', namely "The Answer" & "Hit the Diamond" Diamond", are banned from airing in Russia and Bulgaria (since the Russian feed of Creator/CartoonNetwork is shared with Bulgaria) due to the heavy LGBT tones. The ban of Hit The Diamond "Hit the Diamond" caused a plot hole PlotHole later on on, as the antagonists in of the episode reappeared later in the season who mention and mentioned said episode's events.









* Modern Russian censorship is relatively lax, but back when Russia was known as The Soviet Union, it had an extensive CulturePolice-type system that would make the current Chinese one say, "Whoa, whoa, whoa. That's too much!" Foreign films were graded particularly harshly; domestic films with the following ''might'' get past, depending on the situation. It was not uncommon for domestic films to be created, widely screened, and then censored or banned as well (like the 1930 epic ''Earth'', which was screened extensively and controversially before being censored).

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* Modern Russian censorship is relatively lax, but back when Russia was known as The the Soviet Union, it had an extensive CulturePolice-type system that would make the current Chinese one say, "Whoa, whoa, whoa. That's too much!" Foreign films were graded particularly harshly; domestic films with the following ''might'' get past, depending on the situation. It was not uncommon for domestic films to be created, widely screened, and then censored or banned as well (like the 1930 epic ''Earth'', which was screened extensively and controversially before being censored).



* ''Saw VI'' was the first mainstream film to be rated X in Spain due to extreme violence, and therefore it can't be showed in normal commercial theaters, only in approved X-rated cinemas. Disney (the ironic distributor) appealed against this decision, but ultimately was forced to edit several violent scenes before a wide release could be allowed, ultimately pitting the film against its own 3D sequel, which released just weeks later. It's been speculated that the producers of a Spanish film that was to be released at the same time were responsible and that ''Saw VI'' was merely a rare victim of protectionism; it doesn't help that Spain usually happens to be pretty damn lax when it comes to censorship.

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* ''Saw VI'' was the first mainstream film to be rated X in Spain due to extreme violence, and therefore it can't be showed shown in normal commercial theaters, only in approved X-rated cinemas. Disney (the ironic distributor) appealed against this decision, but ultimately was forced to edit several violent scenes before a wide release could be allowed, ultimately pitting the film against its own 3D sequel, which released just weeks later. It's been speculated that the producers of a Spanish film that was to be released at the same time were responsible and that ''Saw VI'' was merely a rare victim of protectionism; it doesn't help that Spain usually happens to be pretty damn lax when it comes to censorship.



* Sweden was the first country in the world to implement a government branch for film censorship. It was called "Statens biografbyrå" ("The state cinema bureau") and was founded in 1911. The bureau mainly focused on violence, banning and censoring material it found "skadligt upphetsande" ("dangerously exciting".) When home video arrived in the 1980's, censorship was extended to include them also, although many films ended up slipping through the rain. Censorship was severly relaxed in the 90's, with 1992 being the year that the wall broke, thanks to Film/ReservoirDogs and Film/DeadAlive being released uncut and unbanned. Censorship was finally ended in 2011, and nowadays the cinema bureau is called "Statens medieråd" ("The state media advice") and mainly focuses on determining age ratings and banning violent pornography (and even so, no porno has been banned in Sweden since 2010.) [[http://www.imdb.com/search/title?certificates=se:(banned) Here is a list of about every film ever banned in Sweden. However, please note that the majority of these titles ended up being approved sooner or later anyway, in either cut or uncut form.]][[/folder]]

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* Sweden was the first country in the world to implement a government branch for film censorship. It was called "Statens biografbyrå" ("The state cinema bureau") and was founded in 1911. The bureau mainly focused on violence, banning and censoring material it found "skadligt upphetsande" ("dangerously exciting".) When home video arrived in the 1980's, censorship was extended to include them also, although many films ended up slipping through the rain. Censorship was severly relaxed in the 90's, with 1992 being the year that the wall broke, thanks to Film/ReservoirDogs and Film/DeadAlive being released uncut and unbanned. Censorship was finally ended in 2011, and nowadays the cinema bureau is called "Statens medieråd" ("The state media advice") and mainly focuses on determining age ratings and banning violent pornography (and even so, no porno has been banned in Sweden since 2010.) [[http://www.imdb.com/search/title?certificates=se:(banned) Here is a list of about every film ever banned in Sweden. However, please note that the majority of these titles ended up being approved sooner or later anyway, in either cut or uncut form.]][[/folder]]
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* The Thai government has banned nearly every rendition of ''Anna and the King of Siam'' and ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'' ever made because of the King of Siam, who is culturally seen as a divine being, is depicted as a flawed human being. What's worse is that no matter how the filmmakers rework the story, it ''always'' ends up getting banned in that country. The fundamental problem here is that no matter how respectfully and positively modern filmmakers may portray the King, the basic story still implies that Thailand is a backwards country filled with people who need someone from the West to civilize them.

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* The Thai government has banned nearly every rendition of ''Anna and the King of Siam'' and ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'' ever made because of the King of Siam, who is culturally seen as a divine being, is depicted as a flawed human being. What's worse is that no matter how the filmmakers rework the story, it ''always'' ends up getting banned in that country. The fundamental problem here is that no matter how respectfully and positively modern filmmakers may portray the King, the basic story still implies that Thailand is a backwards country filled with people who need someone from the West to civilize them.



* Depictions of smoking are [[NoSmoking pixelated on TV]], such as on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E8NewKidOnTheBlock "New Kid on the Block]]," in which Bart "smokes" bubbles from a toy pipe while talking to Laura (yet the ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' story in which Bart and Lisa are British detectives out to find a prostitute killer did leave in every scene of people smoking opium -- ''including'' the bizarre ending in which the events were a crazy opium hallucination as seen in Ralph Wiggum's mind). [[http://2bangkok.com/2bangkok-simpsons-simpsonssmoking.html See for yourself]].

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* Depictions of smoking are [[NoSmoking pixelated on TV]], such as on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS4E8NewKidOnTheBlock "New Kid on the Block]]," Block]]", in which Bart "smokes" bubbles from a toy pipe while talking to Laura (yet the ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' story in which Bart and Lisa are British detectives out to find a prostitute killer did leave in every scene of people smoking opium -- ''including'' the bizarre ending in which the events were a crazy opium hallucination as seen in Ralph Wiggum's mind). [[http://2bangkok.com/2bangkok-simpsons-simpsonssmoking.html See for yourself]].



* Facebook and Twitter was blocked in Thailand after a military coup took place. The excuse was that they needed to stop the rebels from "spreading lies and further destabilizing the already fragile political environment".

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* Facebook and Twitter was were blocked in Thailand after a military coup took place. The excuse was that they needed to stop the rebels from "spreading lies and further destabilizing the already fragile political environment".
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* ''Videogame/SpecOpsTheLine'' is banned for showing Dubai as a devastated city left to rot under massive sandstorms. Listening to the audio logs found in the game shows that [[spoiler:the government of the UAE and Dubai ordered a media cover-up on the increasingly dangerous and powerful sandstorms, then fled once the sandstorms grew too intense]]. Unlike the other examples, which the ban only applies for registered retailers to desist selling those products via their local outlets (privately owning the game or buying it online aren't illegal), the government had extended their focus for this title going far as to block the game's official website and subsequently stop the title's distribution throughout the rest of the GCC, as well as in Jordan and Lebanon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' are both banned for containing "violence against Muslims". In the back story of the games (as established by earlier editions), the Middle East went to war with Europe leading to a nuclear exchange, though neither of the games themselves really point this out.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'' is banned on the grounds of suggestive and revealing outfits on some characters.


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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlueContinuumShift'' is banned on the grounds of suggestive and revealing outfits on some characters.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' are both banned for containing "violence against Muslims". In the back story of the games (as established by earlier editions), the Middle East went to war with Europe leading to a nuclear exchange, though neither of the games themselves really point this out.
* ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'' is banned for showing Dubai as a devastated city left to rot under massive sandstorms. Listening to the audio logs found in the game shows that [[spoiler:the government of the UAE and Dubai ordered a media cover-up on the increasingly dangerous and powerful sandstorms, then fled once the sandstorms grew too intense]]. Unlike the other examples, which the ban only applies for registered retailers to desist selling those products via their local outlets (privately owning the game or buying it online aren't illegal), the government had extended their focus for this title going far as to block the game's official website and subsequently stop the title's distribution throughout the rest of the GCC, as well as in Jordan and Lebanon.

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19th Apr '17 6:20:05 AM Assassin-sensei
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* The three OVA's of ''Violence Jack'', which is based of the manga series of the same name, is rumored to be banned in every country it was ever released in. Not suprising, since the title itself refers to the fact that the guy murders literally every single person he ever comes across.

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* The three OVA's of ''Violence Jack'', which is based of the manga series of the same name, is rumored to be banned in every country it was ever released in. Not suprising, since the title itself refers to the fact that the guy murders literally every single person he ever comes across.
16th Apr '17 7:58:37 AM Cavery210
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* Two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', namely "The Answer" & "Hit the Diamond" are banned from airing in Russia and Bulgaria (since the Russian feed of Creator/CartoonNetwork is shared with Bulgaria) due to the heavy LGBT tones.

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* Two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', namely "The Answer" & "Hit the Diamond" are banned from airing in Russia and Bulgaria (since the Russian feed of Creator/CartoonNetwork is shared with Bulgaria) due to the heavy LGBT tones.
tones. The ban of Hit The Diamond caused a plot hole later on as the antagonists in the episode reappeared later in season who mention said episode's events.
6th Apr '17 2:41:53 PM Assassin-sensei
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** Gory films like ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' and ''Film/FacesOfDeath'' have also seen at least their initial releases banned; only extensive editing could get them a classification.

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** Gory films like ''Film/CannibalHolocaust'' and ''Film/FacesOfDeath'' have also seen at least their initial releases banned; only extensive editing could get them a classification.
classification. (The original ''Faces of Death'' is now available uncut with an R18+, while various sequels are still banned.)




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* ''VideoGame/OutlastII'' was originally banned entirely on accident - the developer submitted an alpha of the game that contained "implied sexual violence" which wasn't meant to be in the final game. The proper resubmission got an R18+ rating completely uncensored.




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* The second season of ''Manga/MakenKi'' was refused classification in New Zealand, due to what the classification described as a "loose narrative" being used as a vehicle for the sexual exploitation of minors.



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* ''[[VideoGame/GalGun Gal*Gun: Double Peace]]'' was banned on account of the sexual exploitation of young persons as well as the use of coercion to compel someone to submit to sexual contact.



* ''[[VideoGame/GalGun Gal*Gun: Double Peace]]'' was available in New Zealand for a limited time on Steam before being formally banned by the classification board.
28th Mar '17 5:06:28 AM Alcator
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* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' was released in Russia without its infamous optional airport level, "No Russia". In it, the player character participates in an mass slaughter of civilians in a Russian airport. Notably, while they can opt not to fire on the crowds, they cannot retaliate against the terrorists perpetrating it (getting a NonStandardGameOver) and are compelled to kill the responding FSB personnel accordingly. Due to the haphazard ratings review board in Russia, some versions of the game were sold featuring the level, though ultimately the Steam distribution did have it removed. In 2010 Russian MP Valery Seleznyov (LDPR) proposed that the game be added to the list of extremist materials held by the Federal Justice Ministry in Russia (ultimately it was not).

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* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' was released in Russia without its infamous optional airport level, "No Russia". Russian". In it, the player character participates in an a mass slaughter of civilians in a Russian airport. Notably, while they can opt not to fire on the crowds, they cannot retaliate against the terrorists perpetrating it (getting a NonStandardGameOver) and are compelled to kill the responding FSB personnel accordingly. [[note]]In case you are wondering, the title "No Russian" is an instruction by a terrorist leader to his subordinates to not speak Russian during the mission, so that the false-flag operation has the intended effect.[[/note]] Due to the haphazard ratings review board in Russia, some versions of the game were sold featuring the level, though ultimately the Steam distribution did have it removed. In 2010 Russian MP Valery Seleznyov (LDPR) proposed that the game be added to the list of extremist materials held by the Federal Justice Ministry in Russia (ultimately it was not).
23rd Mar '17 2:57:47 PM Lirodon
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* In 2015, in retaliation for the Crimean crisis, the Ukrainian government began to blacklist Russian artists who supported the annexation of Crimea by Russia from entering the country, and restricting new films featuring blacklisted actors from being exhibited in the country. Although older films are not covered by this policy, the negative stigma prompted a Ukrainian television network to end its annual tradition of airing ''Film/TheIronyOfFate'' because it contained a blacklisted actress (Valentina Talyzina).

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* In 2015, in retaliation for the Crimean crisis, the Ukrainian government began to blacklist Russian artists who supported the annexation of Crimea by Russia from entering the country, and restricting new films featuring blacklisted actors from being exhibited in the country. Although older films are not covered by this policy, the negative stigma prompted a Ukrainian television network to end its annual tradition of airing ''Film/TheIronyOfFate'' on New Year's Eve because it contained a blacklisted actress (Valentina Talyzina).
23rd Mar '17 2:56:42 PM Lirodon
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*In 2015, in retaliation for the Crimean crisis, the Ukrainian government began to blacklist Russian artists who supported the annexation of Crimea by Russia from entering the country, and restricting new films featuring blacklisted actors from being exhibited in the country. Although older films are not covered by this policy, the negative stigma prompted a Ukrainian television network to end its annual tradition of airing ''Film/TheIronyOfFate'' because it contained a blacklisted actress (Valentina Talyzina).
14th Mar '17 10:00:31 AM rjd1922
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* ''[[VideoGame/AlienVsPredator Aliens vs. Predator]]'' (2010) was originally banned, but it was re-rated [=MA15+=] after appeal and left uncut. The irony is that this is now the most lenient rating the game has in any country.

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* ''[[VideoGame/AlienVsPredator ''[[VideoGame/AliensVsPredator2010 Aliens vs. Predator]]'' (2010) was originally banned, but it was re-rated [=MA15+=] after appeal and left uncut. The irony is that this is now the most lenient rating the game has in any country.
11th Mar '17 3:42:51 PM nombretomado
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* India threatened to ban the MicrosoftWindows operating system because their time zone [[http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2003/08/22/54679.aspx showed]] [[DisproportionateRetribution the India/Pakistan border according to the U.N. maps instead of their own maps]].

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* India threatened to ban the MicrosoftWindows UsefulNotes/MicrosoftWindows operating system because their time zone [[http://blogs.msdn.com/oldnewthing/archive/2003/08/22/54679.aspx showed]] [[DisproportionateRetribution the India/Pakistan border according to the U.N. maps instead of their own maps]].
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