China’s State broadcaster has issued an apology Sunday after parents complained that an educational TV show instead exposed young viewers to a barrage of long commercials and an "effeminate" opening act.


ADJ If you describe a man or boy as effeminate, you think he behaves, looks, or sounds like a woman or girl.

But how an opening act be effeminate? opening act like opening a bottle?

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    It looks like a Chinese article which has been translated into English. In Chinese, we say 娘炮 for "effeminate".
    – dan
    Sep 3, 2018 at 3:39
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    The "opening act" is the first act (i.e., performance) of a show. "Opening" means that it opens (i.e., starts) the show.
    – fixer1234
    Sep 3, 2018 at 9:17

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This other quote from the article is necessary in understanding it:

Among the complaints was disapproval for the program's opening musical act New F4, a quartet of male pop idols, who apparently weren't masculine enough for some on Sina Weibo.

One of the comments, "If young people are effeminate, that means so is the country," was widely shared on Weibo.

"Effeminate" is a word with derogatory connotations describing men perceived as having too many stereotypically female characteristics, such as weakness, emotionality, and self-absorption.

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