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Activists slam Spring Festival program for sexist jokes

By Associated Press
 Activists slam Spring Festival program for sexist jokes
A screenshot of the 2015 Spring Festival Gala hosted by China Central Television.

BEIJING - China's annual Lunar New Year variety show, which mocked unmarried women and suggested female officials provide sexual favors to get promoted, has led to online outrage and some state media to urge more attention to discrimination against women.

Sexism at the gala is nothing new. But this year, women's rights activists have sent an open letter to broadcasting regulators demanding that reruns of the show be suspended and that the director and state broadcaster China Central Television apologize for it.

This year's gala was directed by a woman, who hasn't publicly commented on the criticism.

Despite waning viewership, CCTV's annual gala is the country's most watched program.

Letter signatory Feng Yuan said activists counted 44 examples of sexism in the 4 1/2-hour show.

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