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The Super Girl singing competition, a Chinese version of Americanidol, is always capable of making headlines in the Chinese media.This time, it is about a Super Girl contestant's sexy photos shotfor a magazine and her mother who poured cold water on

China'sentertainment industry.

Super Girl contestant Shao Yuhan posed for a string of sexyphotos but her move sparked a harsh reaction from her mother,writes the Chongqing Times on October 23.


"It is ridiculous for her to shoot such a series of sexyphotos," Shao's mother wrote in a public letter obtained by thepaper in which she did not include her name.


"Although some neighbors told me that she is very beautiful, Icannot bear her insolence," the enraged mother wrote.


The singing competition, whose official name is the MengniuYogurt Super Girl Contest, after the company that sponsors theseries, is unprecedentedly popular among Chinese teenager, and evenseniors are saddened when their favorite contenders are knockedout. However, until now, no one has suggested the show becanceled.


"I want her to be a normal girl who leads a happy life. I regretI allowed her to be one of the participants. The entertainmentindustry is too dirty and girls are easily led the wrong way. Ishould have prevented her from attending the show," Shao's motherwrote, adding that 'Shao didn't listen to" her.


Shao's mother was also doubtful about the magazine'scredibility.


"Can it be a good magazine if it always shoots pictures of girlswearing almost nothing?" she asked.


"Lots of girls are persuaded to pose for such pictures out of adesire for fame and popularity, but have they ever thought of theirmothers' personal feelings?" she asked.


"I am afraid the overall environment will destroy my daughter.She is too young to be able to judge for herself. I hope she willget out of it and make a better choice for a more promising futurelife," she wrote.


"Parents of those who are looking to join the industry shoulddissuade their children from doing so. You can't take it back ifanything bad happens," she wrote.


The 1980s in China saw a generation of children who helddifferent attitudes than those of their parents, who were at timeslabeled 'outdated' by their offspring.


"It is nothing serious," Shao says, adding it is all right topose for a magazine as long as the content of the magazine isacceptable.


"When I first saw the design, I thought it was acceptable, butwhen I saw the photos, I thought I was a little underdressed. Mymother got angry and I am sorry for that," says Shao.


According to the paper, the pictures were discussed and acceptedby both parties.


"We are male-orientated," the picture designer told thepaper.







(China Daily October 25, 2006)

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