China Bans “Laviscious Ads”
The Chinese government has decided to do something about “social pollution” by banning sex related ads from the air:
China has banned television and radio ads for push-up bras, figure-enhancing underwear and sex toys in the communist government’s latest move to purge the nation’s airwaves of what it calls social pollution.
Regulators have already targeted ads using crude or suggestive language, behavior, and images, tightening their grip on television and radio a few weeks ahead of a twice-a-decade Communist Party congress at which some new senior leaders will be appointed.
The latest move by the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, or SARFT, also bans advertisements for sexual aids such as tonics that claim to boost performance in bed.
While this is certainly bad news for Chinese free speech advocates and China’s sex industry, there is one positive thing to take from this for here in the U.S. Next time you hear some moralist talk about banning ads for sex toys or lingerie, you can look them right in the eye and wittily retort, “What are you? Some kind of Communist?”
Good for a chuckle, anyway.