China bans Titanic boobs

Movies & Theatre

The immortal scene in the blockbuster movie Titanic, where Rose poses nude for a portrait by Jack, has fallen foul of Chinese censors. With the film re-released in eye-catching 3-D, government officials were concerned about the effect Kate Winslet’s breasts would have on the movie-going public.

According to the Daily Mail, an official at the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television bizarrely claimed that the 3-D effect would prompt viewers to reach out and try to touch Winslet’s breasts, spoiling the experience for others.

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“Considering the vivid 3D effects, we fear that viewers may reach out their hands for a touch and thus interrupt other people’s viewing,” said the official.

“To avoid potential conflicts between viewers and out of consideration of building a harmonious ethical social environment, we’ve decided to cut off the nudity scenes.”

As such, the scene in which Winslet is sprawled nude on a chaise lounge has been edited to show only her head and neck. Naturally, some film fans were outraged.

On the internet culture blog Offbeat China, one commentator fumed: “I waited 15 years to see 3D boobs, not 3D iceberg”.

However, despite Chinese authorities maintaining strict control over foreign media, Titanic 3-D scored the second-highest opening day takings ever in the country.

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