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WEagle Donating Member (205 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 03:25 PM
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China orders TV stars to stop 'queer' western behaviour
http://www.guardian.co.uk/china/story/0,7369,1217444,00...

China orders TV stars to stop 'queer' western behaviour

Jonathan Watts in Beijing

Saturday May 15, 2004
The Guardian

Chinese television presenters have been told to stop dyeing their hair, exposing too much flesh and using English words in a government campaign to shelter young Chinese minds from the pernicious influences of sex, violence and foreign ideas.
The policy, which also includes a ban on imports of overseas crime shows and "queer dressing", has caused widespread controversy.

Many believe it goes against a popular social trend towards greater individual freedoms and wider exposure to international fashion and culture.

Mainland Chinese television remains remarkably staid compared with the wild, wacky and often sexually explicit fare served up in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Although there are dozens of terrestrial channels, they are all run by the state or provincial government.
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/china/story/0,7369,1217444,00...


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warrior1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 03:32 PM
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1. It's not queer
it's metrosexual.
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DavidDvorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 03:33 PM
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2. Holding back the tide
It's a hopeless task, but it seems to take governments too long to realize that.

At least Canute was wise in that regard.
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Democat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 03:41 PM
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3. Just change the word "China" to "FCC" and you have future U.S. news
Powell won't rest until we're all safe from naught words and dirty jokes!
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 05:08 PM
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4. You mess at your own risk with people's right to be cool
If I'm picking up one thing from recent stories on places like China and Iran, it's that these days people will put up with a fair amount of political repression (as long as their government isn't massively corrupt), but they will resist, evade, and defy any attempt to deny them the right to be cooler than the next guy.

As long as places like Japan and Hong Kong are setting the coolness standards for the Far East, mainland China has no hope of resisting assimilation.
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NuttyFluffers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 04:03 AM
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15. exactly. our 'western queerness,' eh party leaders?
you ain't seen nothing yet. fine, time to make communist china's uniforms into metrosexual BDSM chic. everyone with a souvenir communist china's unisex uniform - time to bust it out, get your feather boa, lipstick, mascara, and start a new fashion trend: commu-chic. what'cha gonna do now when your own uniforms become symbolically associated with a 'western queerness' fad, hmm?

never piss off the movers and shakers of cool, or you'll be rendered ridiculous before you know it.

(need to get me some communist chic gear and go clubbing and karaoke. heh, once the japanese and koreans get a hold of this you are doomed party leaders! doomed!)
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Dover Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 05:39 PM
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5. What? No Chinese versions of Fear Factor, Millionaire, Makeovers?
Edited on Sat May-15-04 05:41 PM by Dover
Their culture will surely suffer for the loss. These shows have so enriched American lives.
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BattyDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 06:21 PM
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6. Well ...
I guess the Fab Five won't be doing a "location" shoot in China any time soon! :evilgrin:

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goforit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 06:49 PM
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7. China has one up on Rummy. LOL!!!
Serves him right.
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dArKeR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:38 PM
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8. China Cracks Down On State TV - CBS
Leave the snazzy fashions at home. Drop the English words. And, avoid "Western ideology."

China's media regulators are tightening their control over television, ordering celebrities to steer away from faddish clothing and telling broadcasters to shun imported programming that doesn't fit China's "social system and national conditions."

Such edicts have been in place for a while. However, they weren't being obeyed by China's state-owned but increasingly freewheeling broadcasters, the Shanghai Daily and other newspapers reported Friday.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/05/14/entertainment...

Where's Jackie 'Whore' Chan's 500 year statement on this?
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BayCityProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 09:05 PM
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9. HA
nothing like the workers paradise huh? lol
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 09:12 PM
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10. "Strangers with Candy" would be a big hit in China
Many good moral and social messages on this program, 'eh? Well, most of the time, anyway!
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skrunch Donating Member (939 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 12:22 AM
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11. "Queer Dressing"
Is that Wish Bone or Newman's Own?
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PittPoliSci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 01:14 AM
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12. odd...
One would think that the Chinese government's efforts to control population growth (mandatory abortion) that they would be allies with gay movements. Honestly, who is able to have less children than gay people? I guess the Party leadership is still clinging to "traditional" values of homophobia, despite the political compatability of one of the governments goals with an increase in the gay population.
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Kinkistyle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 01:52 AM
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13. Of course, bound to fail.
Just like all forms of control that forced upon people, it will fail. China's Communist Party is fading into obsolesence and it is doing all it can to hold on.
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Dirk39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-16-04 02:01 AM
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14. How China's views the Human Rights Record of the US
"March 1, 2004

On February 25, 2004, the State Department of the United States released its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2003 (called the "reports" thereafter). As in previous years, the United States once again acted as "the world human rights police" by distorting and censuring in the "reports" the human rights situations in more than 190 countries and regions across the world, including China. And just as usual, the United States once again "omitted" its own long-standing malpractice and problems of human rights in the "reports". Therefore, we have to, as before, help the United States keep its human rights record.

I. On Life, Freedom and Personal Safety The United States has long been in a violent, crime-ridden society with a severe infringement of the people's rights by law enforcement departments and with a lack of guarantee for the life of people, their freedom and personal safety.

The United States is a country plagued most seriously by violence and crimes. According to the statistical figures released in June 2003 by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a total of 11.9 million criminal cases were reported in 2002 in the United States, including homicides, rapes, robbery and theft. Of these cases, 19,940 cases were reported in Detroit, where 2,073 people committed crimes in every 100,000 people. In Baltimore, 2,055 people committed crimes in every 100,000 people. With regard to personal offenses, cases of murders and rapes rose by 0.8 percent, and 4.0 percent, respectively, over 2002 (see The Sun, USA on June 18, 2003)."
much more at link....

http://globalresearch.ca/articles/PRC404A.html

Hello from Germany,
Dirk
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