Bi Fujian, an anchor on main state broadcaster CCTV, was filmed mocking the late founder of modern China at a private dinner. Unsurprisingly, the video went viral.
CCTV, China’s main state broadcaster, is investigating one of its top anchors after a video of him singing a parody song about Chairman Mao went viral.
CCTV anchor Bi Fujian speaks during a news conference in Beijing on Nov. 21, 2013.
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In the video, filmed at a private dinner, Bi riffed on a Mao-era opera by adding comments like "we've suffered enough" between the lines. He also called the late Mao "that old son of a bitch", the Guardian reported.
CCTV said late on Wednesday that Bi's comments had "had a serious social impact" and it would investigate him, Reuters reported. Bi's shows have been suspended, the English-language China Daily newspaper reported.
An official portrait of Mao.