Website forces viewers to take political quiz before watching hit Chinese TV show
Vietnamese streaming site stokes patriotic wrath in China
They came to watch a blockbuster drama about scheming imperial concubines... and went away outraged by an online quiz.
“The Story of Yanxi Palace”, a 70-episode drama set during the reign of Qing dynasty emperor Qianlong (1711-1799), has taken China by storm. New episodes are still coming out on Baidu’s iQiyi platform, but some viewers say they were able to watch unreleased episodes on a Vietnamese streaming site.
The problem? They had to answer a question about geopolitics first.
Screengrabs circulating online show a list of questions in Vietnamese, including “Which country do the Paracels and Spratly Islands belong to?” -- referring to a disputed territory in the South China Sea that’s controlled by China, but claimed by Vietnam and several other neighbors. Those who answered “China” were told to try again. The other questions asked about the capital of Vietnam and the name of Vietnam’s national anthem.