Chinese Law Prof Blog

Editor: Donald C. Clarke
George Washington University Law School

Tuesday, 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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