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China is censoring all the gayness out of ‘Friends’ because of course

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Beloved ’90s sitcom “Friends” is a major hit in China, but fans who were able to watch the series free of censorship a decade ago are now seeing their favorite TV show impacted by guidelines China’s top media regulator announced back in 2016.“Friends” was once again picked up by the country’s major streaming platforms following last year’s popular reunion show, and while only the first season is currently available, Chinese superfans were quick to note a lesbian plotline had gone mysteriously missing.In the show, Ross’s ex-wife Carol divorces him after realizing she’s a lesbian.

Chinese censors cut a conversation where Ross reveals Carol is leaving him for her friend Susan, prompting Joey to ask if he ever suspected she might be a lesbian.In another scene, Ross tells the news to his parents, along with the fact the women will be raising he and Carol’s baby together.

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