No More Chinese Communist Party

July 30, 2010

NEWSWEEK: Class Warfare In China

Filed under: Uncategorized — carryanne @ 11:14 pm
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When GQ pulled its Chinese-language magazine from newsstands, it wasn’t because of censorship. It just didn’t want to anger rich Chinese.

It wasn’t easy to cast this incident as yet another case of Chinese censorship. A day after it went on sale early this month, the July edition of the Chinese-language GQ was abruptly yanked from newsstands, apparently due to an article chronicling the pampered and hypermaterialistic lives of a bunch of rich 20-somethings; they belonged to the Super Car Club, obsessed over hot wheels and trendy clothes, and had fathers with tons of cash. Officially, the issue was recalled because the reporter behind the story allegedly taped and published quotes from interviews with club members that were supposed to be off the record, drawing ire from the club’s powerful president, who reportedly threatened a lawsuit.

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