Who knew Commies were so Politically Correct?

The year that dare not speak its name?

Classical Values points out a WSJ piece on the Chinese New Year:

Next month, China will ring in the Year of the Pig. NestlĂ© 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 NestlĂ©’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.

A commenter on Classical Values notes that the Chinese government has just issued a “Year of the Pig” postage stamp, so I guess we’ll have to see if this report is actually true. (via Instapundit)


  1. Oh, yeah. And I hear they’re ending the forced abortions so as not to offend the evangelical Christians–

  2. Why don’t they just rename 2007 The year of Madonna? That way they avoid ‘insulting’ the Muslims AND still retain the true meaning of PORCINE figure on the Chinese calendar.