Titanic 3D got censored in China
100 years ago, the Titanic sank on its first journey. This catastrophe has been thematized by several films over the years, with James Cameron's epic success back in 1998 being the most noticeable of them all. The film starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio managed to gain 1.8 billion Dollars worldwide and was at the top box-office of all time until Avatar overtook that position.
On the 100 year anniversary of the tragedy, James Cameron decided to release Titanic once more in theaters, this time in a converted 3D version. This particular version doesn't seem provoke the biggest sympathies over in China. The reason: Kate Winslet's breasts in the third dimension. According to Melonfarmers, the Chinese classification board issued a statement saying that they feared that cinemagoers could be tempted to reach out with their hands in order to touch Winslet's 3D breasts. According to them, this could annoy other viewers that just want to watch the movie. That's why they decided to cut out the nude scene out of the 3D version.
This is the original statement:
Considering the vivid 3D effects, we fear that viewers may reach out their hands for a touch and thus interrupt other people's viewing. 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.
By the way: the original version in 2D is and has never been affected by this censorship in China.
UPDATE April 16th, 2012, 15:00:
In the meantime, this story created so much buzz in numerous magazines and news sites that it didn't take long for the truth to come out. In fact, the alleged statement by the Chinese classification board was fabricated by a blog and intended to be a sarcastic comment on the issue. The original news is false, in this aspect. Still, the film's 3D version is censored and the reason is much more mundane: in Chinese cinemas, the depiction of nudity is generally a problematic thing.
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