Chinese broadcaster censors LGBT symbols at Eurovision – Chinese cultural relics turned into memes – Why your social media is covered in gammon? – Champions League: Ukrainians offer fans free accommodation

Chinese broadcaster censors LGBT symbols at Eurovision

Chinese broadcaster censors LGBT symbols at Eurovision

The Eurovision Song Contest may be the ultimate in camp spectacle, but for viewers in China some LGBT elements of the singing competition have reportedly been censored.

Mango TV, which broadcast the first semi-final of Eurovision on Tuesday, and is one of China’s most popular TV channels, has come under fire by some on social media for apparently blurring rainbow flags and censoring tattoos.

According to the state-owned news organisation Global Times, Mango TV also decided not to air performances by Irish or Albanian delegations during Tuesday’s event for various reasons.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has now barred Mango TV from broadcasting the second semi-final and the final.

The EBU said censorship was not in line with its values of diversity.

The Voice of Homosexuality, a verified account on Chinese social media platform Weibo, shared a number of still images of some of the censored performances.

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Chinese cultural relics turned into memes

Users of China’s Weibo social media platform have reacted to the re-imagining of historic cultural artefacts as online jokes.

To mark International Museum Day, Sina Breaking News posted pictures of cultural relics with meme-style text overlaid, which have since been widely shared.

Some social media users saw the funny side but others claimed they were “insulting”.

Most of the memes have been in circulation for a number of years, but they have gained renewed attention after the Chinese news organisation shared the images with their 52 million followers.

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Why your social media is covered in gammon?

Social media is an often-overwhelming swirl of opposing opinions and arguments.

However, certain phrases periodically cut through the noise and enter into the online vocabulary.

Perhaps surprisingly, “gammon” has become a popular term on social media to describe the rosy complexion of outraged middle-aged people in the UK.

Twitter user Tattooed Mummy shared two definitions of the term.

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Champions League: Ukrainians offer fans free accommodation

Generous residents of Kiev have mobilised on social media to offer free accommodation to football fans visiting the Ukrainian capital for the Champions League final at the end of May.

Several Facebook groups have been set up to offer spare rooms and sofas to visiting football fans after local hotels dramatically increased their prices.

Liverpool are set to take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday 26 May.

After screenshots of inflated hotel prices were widely shared on social media among travelling supporters, locals decided to take matters into their own hands and open their homes to visiting fans.

 

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