Going too far in China

Going too far in China

A Chinese TV presenter got herself suspended from work for appearing nude in a “public interest advertisement” captioned “Clever Girls Love Themselves More.” The supposed idea was to draw attention to women’s health, but some interpreted it as a “commercial stunt” to promote a local gynecological hospital. The ad ran at bus stops and on billboards in Changsha, capital of Hunan province.

“What a shame breasts have become the leading actor,” the official Xinhua news agency said in a commentary.

“This is a serious attack on women,” fumed an online commentator. “It goes completely beyond the moral and aesthetic baseline.”

June 15, 2006

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