Surely it would take a lot for anyone to see resemblances between their living conditions and the conditions of North Korea. Well some Chinese netizens are claiming just that. What could possibly be so horrible that Chinese netizens would say such a thing?
The Chinese government banned “The Big Bang Theory.”
Chinese fans of the popular CBS sitcom are both confused and outraged by such a decision. Netizens are accustomed to shows being banned for being too violent or inappropriate, but they see no justification in banning “The Big Bang Theory.”
There are rumors that a “green edition” of the show will be released, but it will contain censored content as well as Chinese voiceovers.
Since this decision, angry TBBT fans have taken their fury to the web. Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site which is said to be a hybrid of Twitter and Facebook, received 300,000 posts concerning the ban.
Many commenters point out that they are angry about the principle of the ordeal. “You really have to feel bad for Chinese people,” one commenter wrote. “Everything is constricted, there’s no freedom of speech, our thinking has been kidnapped, and now we can’t even relax and watch a little American TV.”
As the discussion of Chinese censorship continued, many netizens began referring to their country as “West North Korea.” As expected, the term was quickly blocked from Weibo searches after it picked up popularity.