Thursday, January 25, 2007
China Officially Bans Year Of The Pig
Each year on the Chinese calendar is marked by a different animal. As I recall, we have had the year of the Dragon, the year of the Tiger, etc. I don't pay much attention to tell you the truth.
I did know that this coming year was to be the Year of the Pig. I thought that was kind of funny.
Well alas, it is not to be the Year of the Pig after all:
SHANGHAI -- Next month, China will ring in the Year of the Pig. NestlÃ© SA planned to celebrate with TV ads featuring a smiling cartoon pig. "Happy new pig year," the ads said.
This week, China Central Television, the national state-run TV network, banned Nestle's ad -- and all images and spoken references to the animal in commercials, including those tied to the Lunar New Year, China's biggest holiday.
The intent: to avoid offending Muslims, who consider pigs unclean. "China is a multiethnic country," the network's ad department said in a notice sent to ad agencies late Tuesday.
Oh, d-d-d-d-dear, why do they hate us so?