The Chinese government has long kept tight reins on both main stream media and social media to maintain its authority. Tactics include monitoring systems and firewalls, blocking websites, and jailing journalists and bloggers who seek to circumvent the ‘Great Firewall of China’.
In other respects it is surprisingly liberal.
Whilst those of us in the West, who have a taste for such things, are confined to short snatches of footage from a Viennese zoo of two Pandas mating…
Chinese ‘netizens’ can sit down to hours upon hours of live footage from the Wanglang State national reserve of will he/won’t he, will she/won’t she Pandas doing what Pandas rarely do. In public anyway; Pandas being more reticent than your average Geordie on shore leave.
The Pandas weren’t keen on the idea of engaging in ‘Pandering’, the Chinese version of ‘Dogging’; they had to be persuaded:
In the early years, “only 20 percent of the pandas could have sex naturally. To motivate male pandas’ sex drive, researchers let them watch videos of other pandas mating” and fed them an aphrodisiac, said Zhang Heming, the panda centre’s chief.
For two entire days the population were glued to CNTV (China Central Network Television) special ‘iPanda’ channel, waiting for a rare glimpse of Chinese porn – finally in the early hours of Sunday morning, the bleary eyed citizens were treated to exactly 4 minutes 30 seconds worth of ‘Tracy’ and ‘Wugang Cheng Gong’ pandering….
Be too bad if you’d chosen those few minutes to go and put the chop suey on…
Sadly female Pandas are know for their ability to make false allegations:
Experts say clever pandas display behaviour similar to pregnancy to improve their quality of life after they notice the difference in treatment. Generally speaking, giant pandas thought to be pregnant are moved into single rooms with air conditioning and round-the clock care and also receive more fruit and bamboo. Their trickery is found out when their behaviour and physiological indexes return to normal.
Some pandas have apparently learned to take advantage of a good opportunity and enjoy the finer things while they can.
‘Operation Bamboo’ is probably interviewing ‘Wugang Cheng Gong’ as we speak. Approximately 3.4 million viewers will vouch for the fact that Tracy consented.