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The Knucklehead of the Day award

Today's winner is The New Travel Weekly. They get the award for the following.

Beijing - A Chinese magazine has been shut down for printing pictures of scantily-clad women posing in rubble for a special report on the country's devastating earthquake, officials said Wednesday.

The New Travel Weekly, a small lifestyle magazine, ran photos of sultry models in their underwear amid the debris in an issue that hit the stands on Monday - the first of three days of national mourning.

The press and publication department of the southwestern city of Chongqing, where the magazine was based, said it decided to close the magazine down for "rectification."

The department said the magazine "seriously violated propaganda discipline and went against social morals" and the report constituted an "extremely evil social influence."

What a horrible case of bad taste. The editors responsible for the photo shoot deserved to be fired. I'll go one more, I name The New Travel Weekly today's Knucklehead of the Day.

Hat tip- Japan Probe via GI at ROK Drop


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Comments (7)

You missed the boat on this... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:

You missed the boat on this one. You should have given the award to the People's Republic of China for their method of dealing with a publication that does something in poor taste. Try to imagine how differently you would go about doing your job if you knew that the possible consequence of stepping over the line was that WizBang would have to be shutdown for "rectification".

yep, Bill, you did not deal... (Below threshold)

yep, Bill, you did not deal with the government censorship issue.

This is China. They will b... (Below threshold)

This is China. They will be fired.

Possibly out of cannons.

The department said t... (Below threshold)

The department said the magazine "seriously violated propaganda discipline and went against social morals" and the report constituted an "extremely evil social influence."

That "extremely evil social influence"....does it include forced abortions of female babies? Or are the editors simply guilty of showing female flesh in a country that routinely punishes women, even those in the womb? There's more than a Knucklehead involved in this.

Xinhua, the official Chines... (Below threshold)

Xinhua, the official Chinese news service is currently running some very sexy photos of Paris Hilton and other Western female celebrities that would probably flunk out rigid American FCC regulations if aired on American network TV. And Russia's press goes much farther yet. The Chinese seem to love sexy Western celebrities and beautiful women, so this isn't likely where the problem for the magazine really developed. A little bit of skin in the Chinese media is fine, but politics are not unless it's the official party line.

What likely brought on so many problems was the offensive feature by the Chinese magazine that made light of the earthquake national tragedy that took so many lives and even reduced some local Communist Party officials to tears. Even the President of China made visits to refugee camps and emergency sites to offer whatever help he could, and proved a level of compassion not previously seen in past Chinese Communist leaders. The problem was extreme bad taste and judgement on the part of the magazine.

A comparable incident would have been some knucklehead staging some comedy event at the 9/11 ground-zero site for laughs.

No Paul, the equivalent wou... (Below threshold)

No Paul, the equivalent would have been a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit or Victoria's Secret photo-shoot at New Orleans after Katrina or, to make it more like home, downwind of Mt St Helens after the blast. Would the US government shut down a publication and send the folks to retraining camps? What would the appropriate response be?

A knuckle-head award and a boycott, perhaps, unless they included a beaver shot of Sharon Stone or Paris Hilton.

I generally don't care for ... (Below threshold)

I generally don't care for your "Knucklehead of the Day" awards, but I really, really think you're off on this one.

Yes, photographing underwear models amid earthquake debris is poor taste. But the local government coming in and shutting them down? That's a good reminder that despite its strides toward a free market and a growing Western orientation, China is still a totalitarian state.

Shutting down a magazine over some skin photos seems like nothing important, and some people with "taste" may even applaud it ... but I just think of it as oppression with a smiley face.







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