China’s first gay web series, Addiction has been removed from streaming sites by the nation’s censors.
The 15-episode series starring a same-sex high school couple was completely removed from the internet without notice on Monday, with reports of the nation’s censors taking exception to the show’s depiction of “abnormal sexual behaviour” and “romance between minors.”
Despite homosexuality being officially removed from China’s official list of mental disorders in 2001, same-sex relationships still remain a taboo subject.
The sudden removal of Addiction has left fans of the show angry and disappointed with the series becoming hugely popular over the Chinese New Year holiday, especially among young females.
An online poll conducted by the Chengdu Committee for the Well-being of Youth and Teenagers has highlighted the overwhelming disapproval or the censorship with more than 93% of the 20,000 respondents against of the removal of the series.
Despite the censorship, Addiction’s writer and producer, who uses the alias Chaijidan, has said that shooting for the second season would “not be impacted” by the ban with shooting likely to begin in May 2016.
In response to the Chinese Governments censorship the show’s Weibo account decided to screen the final three, yet to be seen episodes on YouTube, however, the site is also blocked in China, further adding to fans disappointment and anger.
Last Updated on Feb 25, 2016