(BEIJING) -- Imagine a world with no Star Trek, no Terminator, no Back to the Future, no Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. For the 1.3 billion people of China that gray, empty existence could well become their reality.
It’s no secret that many topics get the Chinese government’s goat. Falung Gong, the Dalai Lama, the Nobel Peace Prize -- all are strictly taboo in this tightly controlled society. But now, China’s censors have a new target: time travel.
In a statement issued on March 31, the State Administration for Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) denounced movies and shows that contain "fantasy, time-travel, random compilations of mythical stories, bizarre plots, absurd techniques, even propagating feudal superstitions, fatalism and reincarnation, ambiguous moral lessons, and even a lack of positive thinking."
In recent years, time-travel television dramas have become increasingly popular but authorities are now making it clear that history, and who gets to dictate it, is no laughing matter.
"Time-travel dramas are becoming a hot theme for television and films. But the content and exaggerated performance style are questionable," Li Jingsheng of SARFT said. "Producers and writers are treating serious history in a frivolous way, which should by no means be encouraged anymore."
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