If China capitulates first, there won’t be any bombs at the Olympics…perhaps.
From the Sidney Morning Herald (whose headline gets the nod, but thanks to all who sent this in from various sources):
China’s ruling Communist Party has banned images and mention of pigs in TV advertisements airing over the lunar new year to avoid offending the country’s Muslims, an advertising agency said on Friday.
“We were told by the CCTV (China Central Television) censorship team that the CCTV advertising department announced a new regulation on pigs in its internal document,” an executive at the Shanghai-based Mindshare agency said.
The ban also applies to cartoons and traditional paper-cut images of pigs, and to slogans such as “golden pig brings you fortune” and “wish you a happy pig year”, the executive said.
So, all you Western teachers who were planning big multi-cultural celebrations of Chinese New Year, watch out. It may be that in your local school district, too, Muslim traditions trump Chinese ones. Perhaps it would be best to spend Chinese New Year quietly working on times tables with your students.