Chinese TV Viewers Outraged By Sudden Cancellation of Popular Gay Drama
A popular gay-themed Chinese drama was unexpectedly dropped by online streaming services this week, and fans of the show are not particularly happy about it.
Addiction, a 15-part web series that portrays the lives of queer high schoolers, was removed from iQiyi — China’s version of Netflix — on Monday after censors decided the show was “unfit for viewing,” reports Time.
While there has yet to be an official response from Addiction’s team of producers about the show’s cancellation, Time notes that there have been more than 110 million online responses from fans in the aftermath of the show’s disappearance. A majority of the comments posted online reportedly expressed disappointment with the censorship and the perceived disapproval of LGBT people in Chinese culture.
“I anticipated that it would be wiped out from the internet, but I still feel sad,” one fan said in a report by the South China Morning Post. “When will our society become a multicultural and more tolerant one?”
On YouTube, the series appears under a similar title, Addicted. Watch the first episode below.