I mean, I can’t say I’m totally surprised about this. Bananas are pretty suggestive if you’re sitting in a middle school cafeteria. I guarantee, however, that you know at least one person in your life who will not eat a banana in public due to the suggestive shape of the fruit.
We’re a really weird species.
It was reported today by the BBC that China has just banned live-stream videos of people seductively eating bananas. The move is Chinese authorities latest attempt to clamp down on “inappropriate and erotic” online content. In April, the Ministry of Culture announced that it was investigating a number of popular live-streaming platforms for allegedly hosting pornographic or violent content that “harms social morality.”Cosmopolitan.
Despite the government’s concerns, these websites are attracting more and more users in China. The most popular webcam sessions are where young women – and occasionally girls who are under 18 – entertain a largely male audience, often through singing Chinese songs or chatting to their viewers.
A Chinese-language news outlet noted that 60 percent of live-streamers in China are under 22 and about 75 percent of live-stream viewers are male.
The banana ban has prompted thousands of users to comment on the new rule on Chinese social media. More people are concerned with women taking part in live-streaming, but many others are confused by how the rules will be enforced.
“How do they decide what’s provocative when eating a banana?” one person asked. Another user wondered: “Can male live-streamers still eat them?”
Other users believe that people will figure a way around the ban by eating other suggestively shaped fruit, such as cucumbers.
In addition to the banana ban, stockings and suspenders have also been banned from Chinese live-stream sites.
I’ll repeat it again: we’re a really weird species.