Six minutes of sex and blood of 'Game of Thrones' are censored in China
The fans of "Game of Thrones" in Beijing missed six minutes of violence, prostitutes and bad words that were eliminated on Sunday at the premiere of last season ...
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(CNN) - The fans of "Game of Thrones" in Beijing missed six minutes of violence, prostitutes and bad words that were eliminated on Sunday at the premiere of the program's last season.
The Chinese media giant Tencent holds the exclusive rights to the HBO series that they like so much in the country, where they can be seen on the company's website and application.
HBO is not available to the general public, so the version censored in Tencent is the only legal option.
The first episode of season 8 was broadcast around the world on Sunday night. The successful fantasy program explores the bloody battles of noble families as they struggle to win the Iron Throne in the fictional world of Westeros.
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The series is famous for its scenes of violence and nudity, but Chinese fans have learned to expect strict censorship.
Without spoiling the plot of the first episode, the cuts include a scene of sex with prostitutes, shots in the foreground of people who die with arrows and an ax and profanations by one of the characters.
A blogger on the movie review website Douban suggested that viewers should file a "class action lawsuit" against Tencent for the cuts, while others made their anger known on the Weibo Chinese social networking site.
"I'm not willing to pay Tencent for this show, but how can I see it if they cut so many scenes? I'll have to download the Internet video eventually, "said one user.
It is unknown if the censorship was carried out by the Chinese government, by Tencent before the broadcast or preventively by HBO itself.
CNN has asked for comments from HBO, Tencent and the Chinese government. HBO is part of the parent company of CNN, WarnerMedia.
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