Southern Metropolis Daily offers rare perspective on China’s recent showbiz sex scandals – David Bandurski
Over the last week in China two entertainment scandals have topped headlines and chatrooms. Today, in one of the first editorials approaching the scandals from a larger social perspective and pointing out blindness to more fundamental issues raised by the cases, such as sexual abuse and harassment, Southern Metropolis Daily criticized China’s speech controls implicitly and media and Web users directly for turning speech into a “mechanism for sealing oneself off and obviating the need for any sort of action whatsoever”.
The first case involves actress Zhang Yu’s (Âº†Èí∞) online posting of a short video showing a young woman purportedly hired by Zhang having sex with a film director for what Zhang says was exchange for a more prominent role in a production, and her revelation to media of more than 20 tapes of herself having sex with well-known actors and directors. The second case surrounds actress Rao Ying’s (È•∂È¢ñ) online postings of diaries detailing her alleged sexual abuse by CCTV director Zhao Zhongxiang (ËµµÂø†Á••)….[Full Text]
ÔºàPhoto: Huang Jianzhong and Zhang Yu)