Date
25 September 2017
Art imitates life in Western politics, according to one mainland official's view of the House of Cards TV series. Photo: Netflix
Art imitates life in Western politics, according to one mainland official's view of the House of Cards TV series. Photo: Netflix

The 5-star review: House of Cards mirrors corrupt West

It’s one review the creators of the popular political drama House of Cards probably never expected.

In a 2,500-character article on the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection’s website, Institute of China Supervision official Zhao Lin critiques the show, saying it exposes the corruption and injustice that is rife in the vaunted democracies and clean governments of the West, Ming Pao Daily reported Wednesday.

“The whole society is full of scandals such as bribery and embezzlement, kickbacks, trickery and insider trading,” Zhao wrote, adding that the extent of the corruption is startling.

Zhao backs up his thesis by listing several major corruption cases in the United States and Britain, as well as scandals around former French president Jacques Chirac and former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, the report said.

“Corruption, as a chronic social disease, has been deeply rooted in the political, economic and cultural soil of developed Western countries. Not only can they not uproot it, they have initiated the internationalization of corruption,” the article said.

This is not the first time that House of Cards has provided food for thought in China. The show, which portrays the ruthless manipulation of Democratic party whip Frank Underwood, has many fans in China. Wang Qishan, head of the Communist Party’s anti-corruption body, is reportedly an avid fan of the series.

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