Weekend Sound Bites: Sketchy Celebrity Endorsements, Counterfeit Blues, and Censorship Headaches

Welcome to Jing Daily‘s Weekend Sound Bites: a rundown of what industry influencers were saying about the week’s top stories on the business of luxury and culture in China.

Because nothing invigorates your hair like cancer causing ingredients. (prnasia)

Because nothing invigorates your hair like cancer causing ingredients. (prnasia)

—FRIDAY, 11/1 —

“As public figures, celebrities should act responsibly, no doubt on this. But I think the law needs to clarify under what circumstances a celebrity should take responsibility; for example, what if he or she was tricked by the manufacturer?”

-Shi Lanxuan, lawyer from Hunan, on the new law that will make celebrities legally accountable for damages caused by products they endorse. (SCMP)

—THURSDAY, 10/31 —

“The Censorship Bureau hasn’t really been improving … A lot of the suggestions that they give you – like, I almost want to laugh. [I ask myself] “What does that even mean?” It’s ridiculous.”

-Feng Xiaogang, film director, taking the opportunity while abroad to speak out against China’s notoriously restrictive and headache-inducing film censors. (Guardian)

—WEDNESDAY, 10/30 —

“She must have saved so much by doggy-bagging her leftovers at the company canteen.”

-User on Sina Weibo, commenting on the irony of former premier Li Peng’s daughter, Li Xiaolin’s recent appearance in a coat worth over $5,000. The comment is in reference to Li’s touting of austerity ideals with workers at a company dinner this last summer, telling employees to pack their leftovers as to not be wasteful. (China Real Time)

— TUESDAY, 10/29 —

“People in their 40s and 50s have no qualms about paying 10,000 to 20,000 yuan for a three-day camp for their children, but might think twice about spending that kind of money on their parents.”

-Serena Xie, manager of Sino-Ocean Land’s elderly healthcare facility in Shanghai, on the business potentials of high end elderly healthcare. (China Real Time)

— MONDAY, 10/28 —

“This is the challenge right now. In the mind of every Chinese, the first question is whether it’s fake.”

-Wang Yannan, president and director of the second largest auction house in the mainland, China Guardian, on the difficulties of assuring the credibility of antique and art auctions to China’s buyers. (NYT)