Reuters is reporting that Chinese media watchdog State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) is cracking down on sexually suggestive programming. Said SARFT:
"Sexually suggestive advertisements and scenes showing how women are influenced into a life of crime are detrimental to society. Commercials containing sexually provocative sounds or tantalizing language as well as vulgar advertisements for breast enhancement and female underwear are banned, effective immediately."
Ouch. While underwear ads are not necessarily forms of free expression vital to a healthy democracy, I feel a bit bad for the people of China. How will they know? How will they know which brand of underwear is better? How will they be able to judge their own sexual utterances relative to a televised fascimilie? Ah, the cruel face of censorship.
Seriously though, I'm glad no organization in Canada, for any reason, can impose blanket bans on anything in the media. I wouldn't miss the underwear ban, but I'd sure as heck miss the news story on government malfeasance. Like everything in a democracy, you need to take the crunchy with the smooth.