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With a Mix of Defiance and Defensiveness, CCTV Blackface Issue Emerges as a Contentious Issue on Weibo

The Chinese social video network Youku highlighted the "African" dance portion of the Spring Gala show in its online promotion of the event on the social media network Weibo.

Just as CCTV’s use of blackface to depict Africans in the annual Spring Gala TV show sparked an immediate response by those outside of China, there’s was a near-immediate reaction on Weibo, one of China’s largest social media networks. 

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