Recently there is some controversy of Xi’s promotion of Maoist’s old Ye’nan spirit, not only attacking the corruption, but worries of the return of leftist policies of “Cultural Revolution”. Of course corruption cannot be isolated from economic, political, and cultural norms in society, and some should worry it might spread beyond the tigers and fliers to them. The recent success and popularity of Movie like “Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy”, one of the old standard from CR era, and the TV series “Ordinary World” speak volumes of nostalgia of simpler time with heroic yet ordinary people with beliefs, honors, and courage other than money.
The controversy with CCTV host Bi Fujian in a private banquet, secretly videotaped, singing arias from “Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy”, and changing the words in the arias to denigrating Mao and Chinese army remind me of Romney sayings of the 47%. The left in Chinese internet is boiling over demanding CCTV fire Bi. His program is temporarily suspended for 4 days at present. It remains to be seen whether he can survive the storm. Bi is a suave host, annually on the spring festival gala. Some spring to his defense, claiming it’s a freedom of speech issue. Other consider it an indirect attack on Xi and firing offense, that’s he’s feeding from the communist party trough and attacking communist party privately. The official media has been pretty silent on the topic. I do hope he would be make an example of and show Xi’s determination to finish the attack on corruption.
Interesting report from DW news that the person who shot the video was the first political secretary (CIA) from U.S. embassy. So what’s the game?
Black Pheonix says
it doesn’t remind me of Romney. It reminds me of Jonathan Gruber, former health policy advisor to Obamacare.
Yeah, they fired his ass too!
And it has nothing to do with “free speech”.
Sure, he can say whatever he wants.
But since he pretty much portrayed his own job as something stupid (to be made fun of), then it’s only fair to fire him and give his job to someone who has a bit more serious commitment to it.
Panthera Tigris Amoyensis says
Here’s several examples of making money under freedom of speech from personally attacking China. Our old friend and frequent “quoted” Seattle based racist, Dan Harris over at China Law Blog. How’s this for a list of his writing designed to attack China and MAKE MONEY from doing so:
The China Bank Switch Scam:
How To Get Bad Product From China With No Legal Recourse
China’s Age For Foreign Companies is Over.
There are many other anti-China stories on his blog some of which are blatant lies while most play on an inherent fear. Everyone is entitled to an opinion and Dan Harris is not the only person to be anti-China. But what grates is his making money from that. China Law Blog bullies new to China folk to believing it is hard so the Harris & Moure firm can charge money in the US from frightening people about risk.
But as Harris & Moure don’t have any China offices themselves it’s a bit rich to suggest they actually know anything. It’s attacking China in order to make law fees.