China's online ban against 'Fart' and 119 other 'immoral' songs

President Xi Jinping has been presiding over a massive moral crusade in China.

Story highlights

  • The Chinese ministry of culture issued the blacklist of 120 songs on Monday
  • Forbidden songs include "Fart," "One Night Stand," and "No Money No Friends"

(CNN)China has banned 120 songs from the Internet after deeming them "harmful" to society.

The announcement was posted Monday to the Ministry of Culture's website -- music that promoted "obscenity, violence, insubordination, or immorality" would be banned, it said.
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    The offending titles -- all Chinese songs -- included "No Money No Friend," "Don't Want To Go To School," and "One Night Stand."
    A popular MC Hotdog song, which includes the line 'I don't love Chinese women, I love Taiwanese girls' was blacklisted, as was a song named "Fart" that included the lyrics: "There are some people in the world who like farting while doing nothing."

    Severe punishment

    Websites that did not comply "will be punished severely according to the law," the statement said.
    Social media users quickly jumped into discuss the blacklist, with some bemoaning the move.
    "This is why Chinese hip hop culture will never take off," one Weibo user posted.
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    While others joked that it had inadvertently brought more attention to the songs.
    "Thank you Ministry of Culture for your 'recommendations' I didn't know [about these before], hurrying to listen," one user posted.
    Another said: "This week's music chart!"
    Censorship -- online and otherwise -- in China is common, with an increasingly hard line taken on entertainment content deemed inappropriate. In December, a popular TV period drama "Empress of China" was forced to crop out the cleavage of its actresses at the behest of authorities.
    The government has also cracked down on scantily-clad models at car shows.