Nipping Democracy in the Bud

An American Idol-style cable show in China raises alarm bells in the government, which moves swiftly to introduce rules that prevent shows like it from being too popular. Supergirl is a show from a rural cable TV station, and its popularity challenges the dominancy of China Central Television. The show, in addition to promoting a new “sour yogurt drink”, promotes rebelious attitudes with bellies showing and spiky haircuts! And most unsettling to the government: “Supergirl also set a dangerous precedent by introducing Chinese to the concept of voting.” Via AdAge China (free registration required).