The notice indicated the film was approved on Tuesday. In September , director Wang Chao announced on Weibo that the film had passed the censors. It was supposed to make it to Chinese cinema screens shortly after March , but never ultimately was not released then. It was around that time that Chinese censors said they were banning depictions of gay people on television. However, a run-time of 83 minutes printed on the approval notice matches the run-time listed on iMDB. Potential viewers expressed joy on social media following the news, but also took the opportunity to vent their frustration.
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The Hallmark Channel apologized for removing gay-themed commercials from rotation as backlash against the decision grew over the weekend. Hallmark's parent company, Crown Media Family Networks, said it pulled ads for wedding planning website Zola -- including one that showed a lesbian couple kissing after getting married -- due to complaints from One Million Moms, a conservative group that is a part of the American Family Association. The decision to remove the ads sparked major backlash online from celebrities, politicians and LGBTQ advocates, including some who called for a boycott of the family friendly network. Perry said the company's mission is "rooted in helping all people connect, celebrate traditions" and anything that detracts from that is "not who we are. Hallmark previously confirmed that One Million Moms had complained about the ads, including the one that featured two brides kissing.
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The family-friendly network, which is in the midst of its heavily watched holiday programming, removed the ads because the controversy was a distraction, a spokesperson said in an interview Saturday. Zola had submitted six ads, and four had a lesbian couple. After Hallmark pulled those ads, but not two featuring only opposite-sex couples, Zola pulled its remaining ads, the company said. In one of the pulled ads, two brides stand at the altar and wonder aloud whether their wedding would be going more smoothly if they had used a wedding planning site like Zola.