It appears that if the Chinese Prime Minister speaks, people listen. It turns out that Prime Minister Wen Jiabao complained that his grandkid was watching too much Ultraman rather than Chinese cartoons, according to Variety.
During a recent visit to Jiangtong Animation, the Prime Minister said the following:
I sometimes take care of my grandson. But he always watches 'Ultraman.' He should watch more Chinese cartoons.
Your work is meaningful. You should play a leading role in bringing Chinese culture to the world ... let Chinese children watch more of their own history and its own country's animation.
In an effort to try to help the underperforming Chinese industry, a boycott of Ultraman has been underway.
Is this a battle that Ultraman can win? Should a country only watch entertainment made in that country? What about the children? Should they be deprived of watching a show just because it was made in another country? Do you think a boycott like this would happen in other countries if the government expressed their "concern"?