March 14, 2006
Simon Cowell, persona non grata
Simon Cowell probably never imagined that his cutting commentary on American Idol would eventually prompt a reaction from no less than the Chinese State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT). But now frail-ego'd contestants on Chinese amateur talent shows need no longer fear ridicule: SARFT has issued rules (关于进一步加强广播电视播出机构参与、主办或播出全国性或跨省（区、市）赛事等活动管理的通知) regulating such contests that, among other things, prohibit judging committees from making comments that hurt contestants' feelings. The relevant language is as follows:
("Comments of the judging committee shall seek truth from facts, be positive and healthy, be equal and well-intentioned, not engage in unrealistic adulation, not engage in criticism that makes the contestant feel embarrassed, and not substitute irrational praise and criticism for intellectual guidance.")
Fox Network, are you listening?
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