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James Cameron falls for Chinese hoax

The facts are these. Take it away, Gawker:

Chinese cinema-goers looking to draw Kate Winslet like one of their French girls will have to do so from memory, after the state censored her nude scene in the 2012 Titanic re-release… In response to the censorship, one satirical website made up a quote it claimed to have received from an unnamed official at China’s Administration of Radio, Film, and Television:

“Considering the vivid 3D effects, we fear that viewers may reach out their hands for a touch and thus interrupt other people’s viewing. To avoid potential conflicts between viewers and out of consideration of building a harmonious ethical social environment, we’ve decided to cut off the nudity scenes.”

Tons of English-language news outlets are running with this quote even though, guys, it’s obviously not real. The rumor probably originated with this blog post.

OK, funny – and sad – enough when journalists fall for it. But last Thursday on The Colbert Report, Cameron repeated it himself:

“They were worried Chinese men would reach out to the screen – this is true, you can’t make this up – and that it would interfere with people sitting next to them.”

You’d think the Chinese government would have at least reached out to the director with the reason for their censorship.

Just kidding, it’s China.

My favorite part of the quote is Cameron’s insistence that “this is true, you can’t make this up” – you can hear the bullshit detector going off in his head.

Unfortunately, we cannot draw any conclusions about whether Cameron reads Gawker, since the article was posted about half an hour after his interview with Colbert ended.

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