China Invokes ‘Debbie Downer’ Policy, Bans Hip Hop Culture on TV (Even Tattoos)

China’s media regulatory office – the snappily titled “State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT)” – has officially banned all depictions of hip hop culture on television, including tattoos, claiming hip-hop culture is “tasteless”. The move comes after video of rapper GAI – a winner of a popular reality show – were taken down from the Hunan network’s YouTube channel. Hunan airs the competition reality singing show Singer.

The Chinese news outlet Sina released a statement from the SAPPRFT’s director of publicity explaining that “Administration of Radio and Television invited guests should adhere to the “four absolutely not” standard, clearly required the program tattoo artists, hip-hop culture, subculture, funeral culture (decadent culture) do not.” – Translation by Google Translate

Department director Gao Changli also outlined four “Don’t” rules on Friday.

Absolutely do not use actors whose heart and morality are not aligned with the party and whose morality is not noble
Absolutely do not use actors who are tasteless, vulgar and obscene
Absolutely do not use actors whose ideological level is low and have no class
Absolutely do not use actors with stains, scandals and problematic moral integrity

Well, those aren’t vague guidelines that could easily ensnare otherwise perfectly decent human beings.


Time magazine reports:

Rapper Mao Yanqi, aka VaVa, was cut from the variety show Happy Camp, according to Tecent News. Music by Triple H, an influential underground rapper, has also been removed from major streaming sites. And a contestant on the show Super Brian, which is not hip-hop related, even had his hip-hop style necklace blurred out.

Chinese social media has responded angrily to the ban.

“SARPPFT is so trashy! They didn’t want to give Chinese hip pop singers any chance of survival! we can go back to ancient times,” wrote one user on Weibo — China’s equivalent of Twitter.

“How can a government with high culture have such childish logic?” asked another.

Somewhere right now there is a Democrat looking enviously upon the Chinese and wishing the government had the power to enforce similar rules on anyone whose version of taste and morality does not line up with their own.



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It’s Mueller Time: Special Counsel Is Ready to Hear From President Trump (Is He Ready to Comply?)

I’ve said on more than one occasion that Trump would tweet or talk himself into trouble, eventually.

He’s not in absolute trouble, yet, but his time before special counsel Robert Mueller may be approaching, as a new report suggests that Mueller is particularly interested in interviewing the president, after talking with Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier Tuesday.

The new report is also suggesting that Trump’s legal team may have a list of conditions for Trump’s testimony to Mueller by next week.

Of those conditions, it seems they want to keep any actual face-to-face time to a minimum, and are going to ask if Trump can turn in written answers, for at least a portion of the interview questions.

Mueller’s main focus is said to be on Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.

That makes sense, considering Trump’s team say the firing was over Comey’s handling of the Clinton email scandal, but Trump quickly corrected them by announcing to the world that it was because of the “Russia thing.”

At the very least, Trump’s own words lend credibility to Comey’s testimony that Trump asked him to let his former National Security advisor Michael Flynn off the hook, from his part in the Russia investigation.

Speaking of Michael Flynn, his departure is also in Mueller’s crosshairs.

Flynn is one of several Trump team members who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

In his resignation, Flynn apologized for giving an inaccurate assessment of his conversation with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to Pence, then the vice president-elect.

Jeff Sessions’ decision to recuse himself and Trump’s reaction, including his frenzied, abusive tweets towards his attorney general are on Mueller’s agenda, as well.

Mueller is also reportedly interested in Trump’s pressure on Sessions, one source told the Post. The person told the newspaper that Mueller was investigating whether Trump had established a “pattern” of behavior.

By “pattern of behavior” I assume his attempts to berate, harangue, and pressure staff and Cabinet members into a position where they may do something unlawful or unethical.

Sessions very well knows he couldn’t leave himself in control of the Russia probe, considering he could likely be caught up in it, as one of the subjects of investigation.

President Trump has previously said that he felt Mueller would be fair to him and that he’d gladly speak with him. That morphed into it was unlikely that he’d agree to speak with him.

Other than his raging, frothing tweets against the ongoing Russia probe, there’s no response to the latest, regarding Mueller’s desire to speak with him.

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