Main Banned In China Discussion

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02:50:03 AM Oct 11th 2017
Regarding some websites such as Google and Facebook being banned in China: After watching a video on why these are banned, I think it's also "We're going to ban these foreign web companies and start our own, with our ideals and our watch."
01:23:46 PM Oct 2nd 2017
The link to the My Little Pony movie IMDB no longer has the "banned in South Korea" on it. Plus it's IMDB which is not hard to spread misinformation on, plus there are no other sources other than a Brony forum discussing it and concluding that it's more than likely to be false.
12:03:05 PM Aug 7th 2014
  • The Simpsons episode "Cape Feare" from season five was banned due to Bart (a child character) being targeted by a murderer, the "Up Late with McBain" sequence, which featured the show announcer dressed as in S.S. gear, and a woman's line at Sideshow Bob's parole hearing "No one who speaks German could be an evil man."The reason 

Unless someone has an actual source for this, I'll remove it because I have seen that episode on German TV multiple times. The episodes about nuclear incidents could also do with proof, but I can't delete them due to not remembering the last time I saw the episodes mentioned.
11:40:38 AM Sep 30th 2013
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The section on Japan included a lot of purported examples that were not actually examples of works being "Banned in X," but were rather just examples of the distributor/publisher deciding that it would not sell the work in Japan. Some were explicitly marked as such, while some misleadingly implied the existence of an official ban. In either case, the examples were off-topic. For any given country, there are literally thousands of works published abroad every year that happen not to be translated and sold in that country; that doesn't make those thousands of works "banned" in that country. Yes, the movie and TV examples previously here may have been left out of Japanese distribution in many cases more deliberately than other works, but it still makes no sense to say that the publisher "banned" its own product; a "ban" implies some sort of external body making the prohibition, generally governmental. I've left the video game examples in, with some modification, as, though they are not subject to prohibition by the government, there is at least some organization besides just the publisher making the decision.

I've also added in true examples of "Banned in Japan," namely, Lady Chatterley and The Bells of Nagasaki. There are other examples, such as a local school board banning Barefoot Gen, which could probably be added, as well.

The entry saying "AliceSoft has banned the sale of Daiteikoku outside of Japan due to its political(ly incorrect) nature." was also completely off-topic. This is "Banned in China," not "Banned Everywhere Except China"! (And that's also another example of a "ban" that's not actually a ban.)

I checked the Japanese web site for The Simpsons Movie, and all the hands had the requisite four fingers, so editing of that trope does not seem to be universal, let alone there being any officially-imposed ban.

12:39:38 PM May 25th 2013
11:33:52 AM May 19th 2013
Should more of these folders be moved to subpages? Germany, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and the United States are about or almost as long as the China one, and could comfortably stand as pages on their own.
08:20:50 AM Jan 25th 2013
I think Indonesian service provider didn't banned 4 chan, it's just some networking error or something. Considering how bad internet connection in Indonesia, we're not surprised. I think it also applies to Tvtropes (I mean I'm an Indonesia and I'm in Tvtropes)
08:06:48 AM Oct 27th 2012
I think that the whole Toys section should be deleted, as this trope is about moral panics, not safety concerns. Second opinion, anybody?
10:29:57 AM Aug 13th 2017
I agree. There are a lot of entries like that, and I'll try and get as many of them as I can right now.
07:48:18 PM Oct 15th 2012
edited by EricKei
"YouTube was banned in September 2012 shortly after a debacle involving an anti-Islamic video which sparked riots in Egypt and Libya. "

Whether or not the video was the real reason for said riots is something that has become heavily politicized as of late; as of this particular date, some say the video was the cause, and some say it was not even a consideration. Perhaps an rewording edit to the effect of " has been blamed for riots in some areas..." would be in order? I figured it would be better to mention it here than risk starting an edit war.
05:35:58 PM Mar 31st 2012
"The episode of Family Guy which promoted Microsoft Windows 7 was once banned from airing in the UK due to broadcast guidelines which banned all product placement until February 2011."

Could somebody edit that to mention the name of the episode? Also, I suspect the episode would either be still banned or censored on BBC Three, as they can't do product placement (advertising is banned on the BBC), although FX can show the episode intact.
06:37:22 PM Mar 27th 2012
This part from The Thorn:

Fortunately, it's merely a de facto ban, and merely a case of Keep Circulating the Tapes in action.

Doesn't "de facto" mean it wasn't banned by anyone, it's just treated as if it is?
06:43:02 PM Mar 27th 2012
edited by ryanasaurus0077
Basically, Midler hates all the film's titles because they tend to misappropriate her star status in some way, shape, or form, which explains why nobody's dared release the film since—Midler threatened a lawsuit all three times it was released in the States, which should say something about the power of the Rule of Three.
05:53:12 AM Mar 14th 2012
In 2012, Erykah Badu was banned from performing in Malaysia due to accidental publication of an image of her wearing, of all things, a temporary tattoo with the name of the Muslim god on it. If there is any proof that the MCMC is Too Dumb to Live, this is it* Firstly, it was a temporary tattoo. Secondly, the picture wasn't even meant for publication in Malaysia, the reporter stole the image off the Internets via a random Google images search .

To be fair for the MCMC, Muslims are incensed about this and pressured the government to ban the singer. Even if the tattoo is temporary and never meant to be published in Malaysia, to them it is a gross disrespect towards Islam anyway. They did the same with Elton John and Adam Lambert with no success.
06:59:26 PM Jan 9th 2011
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  • As part of the Pædo Hunt, there is a bill which, if passed, will plant an automatic R-18 rating (read: no one under 18 admitted) on anything that depicts a minor engaging in sex. Fortunately, there are a few qualifiers: the sex must be explicit and graphic, the minor must be stated to be such (not just look young), it only affects businesses rather than individual artists, and it will only apply in Tokyo. This has some information about the law, although it's in Japanese.
    • As of now, the bill was finally passed and signed into law. And since the bill itself wasn't already bad enough, its wording was changed to restrict depictions "promoting illegal or immoral sexual activity". This basically means they can restrict ANY sort of manga, anime etc. which show even the slightest hint of sexual undertones. Strangely enough photographic material isn't affected by this restriction, giving you the impression that this bill was solely created to piss off the Otaku fandom. WHAT THE HELL?!? Click here for further information. As you will notice when reading the comments, the Anime community isn't very pleased by this developement. It doesn't help that Ishihara is basically trolling the manga and anime industry in his latest interviews.
    • The bill also restricts any depictions of crime or encouragement thereof. Weapons, theft, consumption of alcohol or cigarettes etc., everything would have to be censored. So it would theoretically possible to restrict ANY shounen series, since they contain even the slightest bits of the things mentioned before most of the time.
      • The best the otaku nation, especially in Tokyo, can hope for is for the law to be tightened like the Coroners and Justice Act amendment was (see United Kingdom, below).
      • Maybe I had a bad source, but as I recall, there are two things that aren't mentioned about this law in the above posts: 1. There is mention in the legislation that artistic, etc. meaning/usage of restricted material of any covered material is taken into account when passing judgement (that is, if artistic grounds can be reasoned, there's less of a chance of restriction; blatant fanservice (already considered poor taste by many otaku, at least in certain circles, especially with underage subjects) doesn't get a free pass), and 2. There was preexisting legislation covering photographic material; this only covers animation because it wasn't taken into consideration in previous laws (the characters didn't exist, so no real apparently underage person was being exploited).
    • Update: As it seems, the whole thing is going to blow over. The various publishers and mangaka are boycotting the Tokyo Animation Fair, which is actually headed by Ishihara. Also, resistance is increasing, as the Blatant Lies that were spouted by Ishihara and his cronies have actually subsided, as people are, understandably, pissed off.

Look, regardless of your position on the subject, this has just turned into about five blogs. Someone re-enter this simply stating the facts of this bill and where the law applies.

And look at some of those potholes and tell me this isn't politically loaded. Censorship is bad, fine, I get it, but we don't need this monster.
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