Chinese LGBTI groups are angry homosexuality was described as the ‘wrong concept of love’.
A coalition of LGBTI groups are calling on the online streaming platform to apologise for the gaffe.
LeTV had said certain content was forbidden to be shown on the platform
That content included the ‘wrong concept of love, such as homosexuality and extramarital affairs’.
Groups such as the Beijing LGBT Center and Tongzhi Zhisheng (Voice of LGBT) condemned the statement.
A number of people said they would not use LeTV anymore because of the ‘stupid’ comment.
The word homosexuality was soon deleted from the site, but the ‘wrong concept of love’ remained as an example of forbidden content.
But LGBTI advocates still want an apology.
‘It’s not about LeTV alone, Chinese video platforms are all banning LGBT,’ a Beijing LGBT Center worker, Xiao Tie, employee told the Global Times.
Other forbidden content on the platform includes vulgarity, violence, and content that defames police, soldiers and teachers.
In 2015 the China Television Drama Production Industry Association and the China Television Production Committee of the China Alliance of Radio, Film and Television recommended certain types of content should not be shown on TV. That content included such as same-sex romance, extramarital affairs and one-night stands.
Also in 2015, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television ordered the removal of an episode featuring the story of a Taiwan celebrity.
It discussed his loneliness living as an openly gay man for 14 years since.
The State Administration said ‘it is inappropriate to discuss the topic in public media’.