June 12, 2021

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‘Friends: the Reunion’ is censored in China: what has been removed from the series’ special reunion and why

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‘Friends: The Reunion’ It has been the great television event in recent days. The expected reunion of Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer It has given a lot to talk about, but I wish I hadn’t done it because the episode has been censored in China.

Specifically, ‘Friends: The Reunion’ has lost about six minutes of footage on its official launch in China through iQiyi, Alibaba’s Youku and Tencent Video for two main reasons. On the one hand, all appearances by celebrities who were previously critical of the country have disappeared, as have all LGBTQ references.

Cuts everywhere

This has led to Bts, widely criticized for not mentioning the contribution of Chinese soldiers in the Korean War during a speech of appreciation last year, Lady Gaga, persona non grata in China since meeting the Dalai Lama in 2016, and Justin Bieber, who was formally banned from performing in Beijing in 2017, to disappear entirely from ‘Friends: The Reunion’.

Especially striking is the absence of Gaga, who starred with Lisa Kudrow in a segment of almost three minutes in which she sang the mythical song ‘Smelly Cat’. In China Kudrow could barely be seen for 45 seconds singing a verse of the song.

Justin Bieber

The three platforms also eliminated the segment with Ricardo, the German fan of the series – his was the phrase “I was a gay man who wanted to have hair like Jennifer Aniston; you can imagine how lonely I felt sometimes “-, while Youku dismissed the moment in which a woman takes her girlfriend on camera saying “Like all Chandler, I found my MonicaYouku’s censorship went so far as to cut the moment when Joey opens his robe and we see a picture of Ross taped to his boxer shorts.

Remember that Chinese platforms with those responsible for exercising censorship themselves, so they often prefer to cut anything that could be considered offensive to avoid repercussions for having shown content that ended up being annoying for the authorities …

Via | Variety