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Activists slam China's most watched program for sexist jokes

China's most watched show causes fury over jokes mocking unmarried women, female officials

Activists slam China's most watched program for sexist jokes

BEIJING (AP) -- China's annual Lunar New Year variety show, which mocked unmarried women and suggested female officials provide sexual favors to get promoted, has led to online outrage and some state media to urge more attention to discrimination against women.

Sexism at the gala is nothing new. But this year, women's rights activists have sent an open letter to broadcasting regulators demanding that reruns of the show be suspended and that the director and state broadcaster China Central Television apologize for it.

This year's gala was directed by a woman, who hasn't publicly commented on the criticism.

Despite waning viewership, CCTV's annual gala is the country's most watched program and is used to push political messages.

Letter signatory Feng Yuan said activists counted 44 examples of sexism in the 4 1/2-hour show.


Updated : 2021-09-19 13:22 GMT+08:00