Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Take That in the "black list" of Chinese censorship

he Ministry of Culture of China has published a third time so far this year, a list of hundred songs to be banned on the network to share the Asian country, which include songs as "Judas" by Lady Gaga, "Last Friday Night" by Katy Perry or four hits of Take That. There are also tunes from groups like Owl City, Simple Plan and Natalie Walker, and "Burning Up", Britney Spears, and "I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys, which should be removed from the network before 15 September.

According to a ministry statement on their official website, the songs do not meet the necessary regulations and "damage the country's cultural safety," euphemisms with which the Chinese authorities are censoring songs whose content is considered too erotic or "bad taste". The list also contains many Chinese and Taiwanese songs, and some success in Japan.

In January, Chinese authorities published a list of Culture and the like, which at that time vetoed eight tunes Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue four, five and three of Bruno Eminem Mars, among other artists. In March, a new list on the network banned China's "Hold My Hand" by Michael Jackson, three songs by Avril Lavigne (who have ever performed in China) to four melodies in Spanish: "Solitude", "In peace rest, "" Somebody is going to do mourn "and" Air ", the Texan group Untouchables.

China is the world's most Internet users, with almost 500 million, but also one that exerts greater control over the contents of the network. Often, however, this censoring has little practical effect, and these songs "forbidden" continue to be heard on radio stations across the country or are downloaded easily from national websites or other countries.

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