Why is Chinese media blurring these actors’ ears?

The decision by a popular Chinese video streaming platform to censor the ears of actors wearing earrings has sparked a heated debate online.

Images taken from programmes produced by the Netflix-like streaming service iQiyi, show actors with large blobs covering their earlobes and have been widely shared online.

The hashtag #MaleTVStarsCantWearEarrings has been used more than 88,000 times on Weibo where many users are expressing their outrage at the censorship.