Lifestyle: China bans ‘erotic’ banana-eating videos
If you are a woman, you cannot live-stream while eating a banana in China.
The Chinese government is keeping a strict watch on seductive videos of women eating bananas—the fruit that is a metaphor for penis. In April, China’s Ministry of Culture announced that all live-streaming platforms will be investigated for allegedly hosting pornographic or violent content that “harms social morality.”
As per the new regulations, live-streaming sites must monitor all their output 24/7 to ensure nothing untoward is going on. They must also keeping an eye out for any “erotic” banana-eating.
This move is the government’s latest attempt to clamp down on “inappropriate and erotic” online content, state-controlled CCTV reported.
New Express Daily cites data showing that 26% of live-streaming viewers are under 18, while 60% of those creating the content are under 22 years old. Three-quarters of those watching are male, the data says.
The paper stated that wearing stockings and suspenders while hosting a live-stream is also forbidden.
One user commented on Weibo that if the government bans bananas, the women will start using cucumbers and yams.
China has a strict policy regarding social media and online publishing. Recently, the country blocked Medium, a high-profile blogging platform. According to officials, web controls help maintain social stability and national security.