No, I think you misinterpreted my post. In no way do I suppose they are imitating the west (in this instance, anyway). I suppose by the Cargo Cults analogy, I was referring to the fetishization of an antique/relic (starcraft is one, in terms of video games). It's just bizarre to me all around. Maybe I'm odd.
As for this particular scandal, however, surely you would agree that it would be odd when, upon being asked why you were in prison, you answered "Starcraft"?