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TV show judge earns locals' wrath for slur against males

"SHANGHAI men are all wimps."

So screamed Gao Xiaosong, a Beijing musician and one of the three main judges, during Sunday's "China's Got Talent" show at Shanghai Concert Hall, but his voice was soon drowned by boos from spectators, including many males, upset at being insulted.

Although this part of the television show was edited out and not broadcast later in the day, some in the audience recorded the whole performance and uploaded it on the Internet yesterday, stirring a heated debate.

It all started with a performer who was provoked into a sudden outburst of rage after she was knocked out of the competition - she scolded the judges, accusing them of "fixing" the result. Then, chaos ensued.

The two-minute-long video shows the performer, Chen Jing, losing control and rushing to the center of the stage, screaming repeatedly, "It's all fake!"

Before that, she had performed her unique skill: singing while lifting three male adults on her back, but after the vote by 60 media judges, the three main judges announced her elimination as she earned only 10 votes.

The show was held up for a while as 10-plus staff workers jumped onto the stage trying to subdue Chen but not doing much in reality except standing around.

But worse was to follow as Chen's husband soon joined the fray, arguing and jostling with the staff.

"Why can't you 10 male workers get them off the stage?" Gao, one of the three main judges, is heard screaming in the video, and then he blurts out the words that stirred the controversy.

The video ends with Chen's husband being hauled off the stage by security guards.

The video on popular video website attracted more than 16,900 hits after it was uploaded this morning, but it was later removed.

But to many netizens Gao's words overshadowed everything else.

"How can the judge target all Shanghai men," asked a netizen on the popular forum KDS. "The staff were polite that's why they didn't force the woman off the stage. They were gentlemen, as we are, not wimps."


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