Too Much Cleavage? Fan Bingbing’s “The Empress of China” Temporarily Halts Broadcast
Fan Bingbing’s (范冰冰) epic 300 million RMB historical television series The Empress of China <武媚娘> has temporarily halted its broadcast after the December 27 episode. Although Hunan TV cited “technical difficulties”, some viewers believe that the leading ladies’ revealing costumes, which show ample cleavage, may be have contributed to the sudden broadcast disruption.
Known for its grand set and expensive wardrobe, the highly anticipated epic production of The Empress of China broke Internet and television records when it premiered on December 21. The drama follows Wu Zetian’s (Fan Bingbing) journey from being a concubine of Emperor Taizong to being the first Empress of the new Zhou dynasty. Zhang Fengyi (张丰毅) stars as Emperor Taizong and Aarif Lee (李治廷) stars as Taizong’s son Li Zhi, who later becomes Emperor Gaozong of Tang.
After airing the December 27 episode, Hunan TV announced that The Empress of China would temporarily halt its broadcast, citing technical difficulties. Fan Bingbing implied a different reason regarding The Empress of China’s postponement. She wrote on her Weibo blog, “The one who wants to wear a crown must bear the weight.”
It is speculated that the real reason why the series was stopped was due to its revealing outfits. The Tang imperial garments worn by the women in the series show ample cleavage and décolletage, which became a hot topic in online forums. It was rumored that the overexposure forced the The State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) to temporarily halt the series’ broadcast so Hunan TV would have time to edit it.
However, there are also rumors claiming that Hunan TV stopped broadcast due to a quota problem, which seems to be another probable reason according to industry insiders. The drama will resume airing on January 1, 2015.
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.