“Dating TV Blamed for Exalting Materialism”
Dating TV shows have become quite popular in China in recent years. One poor lad, a 24-year-old apprentice lawyer who was recently a contestant on the show, “If You Are the One”, had actually signed up for the show to find…love. Yes that’s what I said, true love. But when all 24 girls rejected him because he didn’t own a house OR a car, he was left disgusted and disillusioned. He said, “I had sincerely hoped to find a nice girlfriend on the stage, but I did not expect those girls to be so ‘money-worshiping’ and blunt”.
And so a statement was issued:
China’s media watchdog, State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, issued a stern notice recently, strictly regulating these programs.
“Incorrect social and love values such as money worship should not be presented in the shows. Humiliation, verbal and physical attacks and sex-implied vulgar contents should not be allowed,” the notice said.
That statement right there would basically shut down every American reality television show. Fine.
On that note my dear readers, Musing Mandarin will be in Los Angeles visiting family for a few days. I leave you with my favorite picture of Adele overlooking the LA skyline…