88 Television shows have been canceled due to President Hu Jintao claiming that “hostile international forces” were plotting to “Westernize and divide China.”
Some of them, like Bo Xilai, the Party Secretary of Chongching, have been openly arguing that China has become too Westernized, too materialistic, too unequal, and too untethered from its past. Bo has spoken of a return to Confucian values, encouraged festivals of communist songs from the Cultural Revolution. He speaks reverently of China’s Moaist values. It is a conservative lament about the consequences of capitalism.
This should be interesting to see if the Chinese government can control entertainment. News is one thing, but if the people don’t like the entertainment, people just won’t watch it and seek the entertainment they want.