Monday, January 12, 2015

Empress Inappropriate and the Disappearing Torso


Beijing is up in arms about the implications of how some of their ancient ladies are being depicted. There's a series in China that is set in the Tang Dynasty, roughly between 600-900 A.D. Tight fitting royal garments and low necklines were part of the period costumes the actresses wore on the show, but no more! Recently, the series had a hiatus and when it returned all the female characters were cropped for the sake of decency...only their heads were visible. 

Apparently, that was the only part they found acceptable. How would you like to be those actresses?

One of the things that draws me into a show has always been costumes. Accuracy in portrayals always brings me total delight. The story line to this program had better be topnotch - they just cut out one of the best parts! How can you stage this without seeing the opulence of the royal clothing? 

[Let me stop briefly just to say that I know this is going to be another nightmare for me. Talking heads and not a David Byrne in sight. I may go to sleep, but my brain keeps going with these crazy ideas. It's like watching television all night long in my head. If there was an award for vivid imagery in dreams, yours truly would have it. I'm my own cable channel.]

In the past, the BBC has been a fixation of mine (I'm addicted to way more than Downton Abbey, baby). But now I'm wondering about this program and if I can tap into it somehow. What is the name for the Chinese network that shows this croppy series? I'd love to see it because it has to be better than the visual image I've created in my head. Who wants to watch a screen full of face for the entire length of the program? 

After a while, I think they'd have to do some clever staging like they did in the sixties when the actress was pregnant. Heaven help us if the general public saw a woman who was pregnant; we can't let that get out - everyone would have stopped looking under cabbage leaves for the source of babies.

While we're at it, there's a few objectionable things on television that I'd like to crop, too. But who decides? Was it one Chinese official? A team of censors? An irate husband who invested in the series? 

Good news: the Chinese have not taken this lying down and voiced their outrage at officials overstepping their bounds. Where might you find these objections? On blogs, of course.

PS: If you understood that cartoon at the top, you are over 45...just a guess.


13 comments:

  1. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    I was once arrested in China for voyeurism.
    They claimed I was a Peking Tom (BA-DUM-BUMP)

    You wrote:

    << There's a series in China that is set in the Tang Dynasty, roughly between 600-900 A.D. >>

    I see a problem already, an anachronism. Tang, the fruit flavored breakfast drink consumed by astronauts on space missions, was not even invented until the 1950s!

    You wrote:

    << all the female characters were cropped for the sake of decency...only their heads were visible. Apparently, that was the only part they found acceptable. >>

    I fully support a woman's right to bare arms...
    and anything else she chooses to show me! (BA-DUM-BUMP)

    You wrote:

    << It's like watching television all night long in my head. >>

    Watching television all night long in your head has just moved to the top of my bucket list.

    Happy Monday, dear friend Cherdo!

    Same as it ever was...
    Same as it ever was...
    Same as it ever was...
    Same as it ever was...
    Same as it ever was...
    Same as it ever was...
    Same as it ever was...
    Same as it ever was...

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    1. (Once again, I put my comment in the wrong place.)

      Bwahahahaha! You are on a roll this morning and I love it.

      As I was drawing that cartoon, it occurred to me that what I thought was funny really told my age, ha ha. "Certain younger folks" did not recognize David Byrne.

      To that I said: you may find yourself living in a shotgun shack!

      Have a good Monday, Shadyman!

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  3. Really, a Peking Tom? I also have vivid dreams, Cherdo, And sometimes when I wake up I want to return to them (after I make a bathroom run), but they never come back. Sometimes I don't want them to!

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    1. Sometimes I will wake up in the middle of a very detailed (and what seemed to be long) dream and be irritated or upset because my brain is still involved in whatever crisis I was dreaming about. So, before you ask...yes, I'm weird.

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  4. This is a real show? If you can find out how to watch it, I'll bring the popcorn. Haha!

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    1. It's a real show in China! The public was pretty miffed.

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  5. I am older than 45, but I confess I don't understand the cartoon. I don't understand a lot. I love the costumes on the BBC shows.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. David Byrne - the guy in the cartoon - was in a group called Talking Heads, whereas the Chinese ladies are forced to only show their heads...so, they too are talking heads...but the only one of the group who was a talking head willing was...wait for it...David Byrne.

      Like I said, it's a geezer visual joke - OR NOT. Ha ha ha.

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    2. I kind of remember Talking Heads.

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  6. Oh censors-they just love to get into the mix and have that power. I always chuckle at some period films where the women have 1960's hair and make-up styles. Have you ever seen some of the get-ups the poor actresses had to wear in the 1920's? Some headdresses were very heavy and they were portraying vamps from the biblical times-hahahaaa

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    1. That's funny you mentioned headdresses...I get a headache whenever I watch Cleopatra.

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  7. I could never get into the Talking Heads for some reason.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo