China Outlaws Time Travel - The UpStream

China Outlaws Time Travel

posted Sunday Apr 17, 2011 by Scott Ertz

China Outlaws Time Travel

That's right, children. If you would like to travel to a time when advanced technology was an outhouse, China will not be the place to launch your adventure. That is, if your adventure involves TV, radio or film. China's State Administration for Radio, Film & Television has banned the production of anything interesting that involves the concept of time travel.

You would think it has something to do with not encouraging their people to actually build time traveling technology and go back in time to prevent the communist party from taking over, but you would be sorely mistaken. It has everything to do with disrespecting the past and portraying it in ways that never happened. I assume this also means they will be banning the book, Those Mysterious Dinosaurs.

We've got a quote from the SARFT, so hit the break to see how they are justifying this decision.

The SARFT is concerned that the programs,

casually make up myths, have monstrous and weird plots, use absurd tactics, and even promote feudalism, superstition, fatalism and reincarnation... Producers and writers are treating serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore... {The programs contain} fantasy ... random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques.

It sounds like they are describing every film to ever come out of China, not just the time traveling programs that have become popular lately. When you have a communist leadership for 90 years, however, you come to expect nothing less than,

Follow the central spirit of the CPC to celebrate its 90th anniversary on television. All levels should actively prepare to launch vivid reproductions of the Chinese revolution, the nation's construction and its reform and opening up.

Now THAT sounds like some must see TV.


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