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'Sexually suggestive' Edison Chen adverts pulled

ADVERTISEMENTS featuring Edison Chen, the Hong Kong actor who was at the center of a sex photo scandal in 2008, have been removed from Shanghai's subway trains after they stirred up a controversy among local residents.

The ads were removed at the request of the Shanghai Industrial and Commercial Bureau, which said on Thursday they had to be pulled in consideration of the feelings of residents.

In a heated discussion about the car rental company adverts, some residents said on the microblog they "felt uncomfortable" when looking at the ad. The actor's reputation has been tarnished since nude pictures were leaked online showing him having sex with actresses, singers and models.

"I wonder whether these big ads will misguide young people," posted one netizen.

Others said they found the slogan of the ads "sexually suggestive."

In an ad seen on a Metro Line 1 train before it was removed, Chen posed casually. The ad's slogan read: "Have fun, waste no money."

One netizen asked on Weibo: "Is this ad suggesting young people save money by having fun in a rented car?"

However, some said the ads should not be removed since they don't violate any regulations.

"It's been four years since the scandal. Why can't people just let it go?" asked one netizen.

Of 16,000 people who participated in an opinion poll about the ads, 55 percent said they were "destructive to social morals." About 20 percent said the ads should not be removed while the remainder said they didn't care one way or another.


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