Several Chinese dating shows have been censored for being too materialistic — but the issues of dating and money they bring up sound all too familiar.
The Wall Street Journal's Lisa Movius writes that dating show If You Are the One "featured a panel of 24 single women who brutally interrogated and often hastily rejected a succession of individual bachelors" and included a contestant who "became the Snooki of China by misquoting the Patrizia Reggiani quip: 'I would rather weep in a Rolls-Royce than be happy on a bicycle.'" Says sociologist Wei Wei of this program and others of its ilk: "I think they are more about 'show' rather than 'dating.'" Which sounds a lot like American dating shows.
Government censors have stepped in to regulate If You Are the One and another show, barring them from "sensationaliz[ing] unhealthy and incorrect perspectives on marriage and love, such as money worship." But that hasn't stopped Chinese citizens from criticizing what they see as the unfair economics of dating, in ways that seem like they'd be right at home on, say, an American blog. Says matchmaker Leng Li,