2012 Jul 02 Weibo Roundup: Nudity, Nearly Nude and Girlfriend Troubles
We’re tracking down what netizens are saying online in response to crazy crime, long-lost love and Facebook copycats.
Is nudity a license to kill? On June 17, in Shandong, a female driver hit a mother and her daughter in their housing compound, and when the ambulance arrived, she proceeded to strip and lie down in front of the emergency vehicle to bar its entry; later, after the paramedics managed to get the injured girl into the ambulance, the driver climbed in to drag the girl back out. The girl died in the hospital, while the mother is still unconscious. Weibo users are asking, "What is wrong with society?", "Why didn't anybody just drag her away?," and "She is supposed to be a teacher? How?"
If you’ve read our July Ecology feature, you know bears already have the deck stacked against them in China. Adding insult to injury, the remains of five dismembered and poisoned bears were recently discovered in Changbai Mountains in Jilin. Reactions included: "Whoever did this will pay sooner or later!", "Human beings are greedy; profit is going to make human beings crazy!," and "All about making money, disgusting!" Some extremists are saying they want to "catch these guys and do the same to them."
The Shanghai subway weibo has women up in arms because they made the statement: "Some women dress really provocatively – it’s no wonder they get harassed." The web is now full of photos of women wearing very little as well as girls protesting and holding signs with slogans such as "We want comfort, not perverts." As expected, some users quipped "What do you mean by harassment? Does one look count?", "Women, whatever you wear, who’s harassing whom, it’s always hard to tell," and "You can dress provocatively, I can top that." At least one commenter has made the plea: "Can we stop the attacks between genders?"
Here’s something just waiting to be turned into a movie. Eleven years ago, a middle school student mailed a letter to Hunan TV host Xiao Hai asking to be her boyfriend. In her reply, she said she would be happy to date him ... after he graduated from Tsinghua or Peking University and earned one million kuai. Two days ago, he called her and said "I did it." Unfortunately, Xiao Hai already has a boyfriend now. (No word on his educational credentials or net worth.) Perhaps the lovestruck suitor can take consolation in Weibo comments such as "Sometimes wishing for something is better than having it." Or maybe not.
Maybe this will make him rethink getting a girlfriend altogether. A guy rented a LED screen outside Beijing West Railway Station to play video games because his girlfriend said he was good for nothing. I’m not sure how this proves her wrong but I’m guessing the boyfriend doesn’t really care. I don't think netizens care too much either. One user's take on the whole story was "Nice pants!"
The website Hustfacemash.com has copied (in the loosest terms) Facebook’s initial platform Facemash.com by hacking into Huazhong Tech’s website and published the personal information of some female students. Many shy guys on campus are now pulling their head out of the books. One comment: "There are some really pretty girls in my school. How did I miss them all these years?" But it seems like everyone is getting fed up with China's copycat act: "The first to do something is a hero, the second is a dog! Why can’t they understand this?!"
If you’re already on Weibo, you may be interested to learn about the premium package on offer for RMB 10. The VIP treatment gives users a membership badge, personalized pages and voice blog posts. Not interested? Yeah, nobody else seems to be either.
What you might like to do instead is enter Sohu.com’s Photo Competition, running from June 25 to November 25. You've been taking all those great photos, but they're just lying around doing nothing. Why not see if they can win you a Canon camera, iPod Touch, portable USB or a giant stuffed animal?