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China and Eurovision clash over an LGBT performance—and the value of diversity

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jm15y

The Economist celebrates diversity, but only diversity within liberalism. Viewpoints, such as not wanting in-your-face celebrations of homosexuality, are not “diverse”.

California Man

Wait, wait, wait. Do you mean to say that the Communist officials are intolerant of others? Impossible!
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They loathe and abuse ethnic minorities in their own country (Tibetans, Uyghurs, Zhuangs and others) and they despise the Western races and culture. Now you're saying they don't support LGBT? The next thing, you will say they don't support the #metoo movement!
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Anybody surprised? Didn't think so...

NoImSpartacus

Nobody is coming to your party China, nobody.

Forlana in reply to NoImSpartacus

Maybe. Or maybe - if China was to throw a party indeed some would come. For instance - North Korea, the four "stans" of Central Asia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan. Central America in toto. Germany, Poland, Ukraine if not the EU en masse. Russia.
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Houshu

Diversity should not be confused with equivalency or relativism. Poor rhyming should be tolerated, but it's still poor rhyming, not 'alternative rhyming'.

homocidalmaniac

China's response is unfortunate but understandable. They have come a long way since the Cultural Revolution which instilled a huge sense of discipline in its people. Unfortunately, that discipline also advocated immense acts of killing (deemed acceptable as part of the greater good) and horrors beyond the Western World's comprehension and many leaders have vivid recollections of involvement and its aftermath. The fear of their society being dragged into the pettiness of modern cultural norms is abhorrent. They have much to do in building this society and democratic reforms are unlikely to instill a sense of togetherness but rather be a force for dissolution of a cohesive society. The Western world's partisanship is no model for the Chinese state but it clearly needs to become somewhat softer in its approach and inclusive in its actions.
Leaving it up to the people to decide with the State's guiding hand may be more appropriate.