- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Beijing has put “BoJack Horseman” in the proverbial stable, censoring the cartoon from a digital-streaming service after finding unspecified content objectionable, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday.

The move came just days after the June 19 release of three episodes of the Netflix original series on iQiyi, a Chinese video-streaming platform. An email from iQiyi simply noted that ”[a]djustments need to be made to the content,” Bloomberg said.

First released in 2014 to mixed reviews,”BoJack” has grown in critical esteem, according to Rotten Tomatoes, where it boasts a 100% “fresh” score in the latter two seasons of its run. A fourth season is reportedly in development, but a release date has not yet been announced.

When Netflix’s partnership with iQiyi was announced in April, Variety magazine reported that the intention was for Chinese viewers to get content released simultaneously as Netflix viewers globally.

But moving forward, an iQiyi executive suggests, Netflix should give Chinese censors a few weeks’ time to screen content prior to release.

Yang Xianghua, senior vice president of iQiyi, said in an interview in Shanghai last week, before “BoJack Horseman” was pulled, that in order to get content released concurrently in China, Netflix would need to leave enough lead time for Chinese authorities to censor the shows.

“The approval process is a bit long in China, takes at least a month,” Mr. Yang said, Variety reported.

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