China’s Censors Get One Right?

Never renowned for its tolerance or sense of humor, the Chinese government has ostensibly banned Guns N’ Roses‘ new album, Chinese Democracy, calling it a “venomous attack” via the Communist Party’s media mouthpiece, the Global Times; in an essay about Chinese censorship in the Expatriate Issue of STOP SMILING, Panthea Lee writes that “anything that may jeopardize President Hu Jintao‘s vision of a ‘harmonious society’ is off-limits,” which would explain the Party’s rationale for the ban; the effect of this development on Axl Rose’s notoriously unique psyche is yet to be known.