Monday, January 07, 2013

There Is a Weatherman in Every Woman's Heart

It seems that all in a sudden every A-list Chinese actress develops interests in the weather business.

Li Bingbing posted a Weibo (micro-blog): Weekends are no longer weekends, but Monday is still Monday. There is no heating down the South. Take care, while anticipate the coming of spring at this prohibitive cold winter.

Yao Chen, the No. 1 popular celebrity with 316 million followers, forwarded a Weibo of the Chinese Meteorological Administration, and wrote, it's so chilly down the South.

Zhang Ziyi also forwarded another remark with her own comment, 'Good morning Dreams!, in reference to the title of the altered editorial of Southern Weekends.

As 'Southern Weekend' became a 'sensitive phrase' and being filtered, the online community are creating innovative references to the paper without mentioning its name to fly under the radar of aggressive censorship. The cold weather is used to imply the chilly political repression against the Southern Weekend.

Chinese actors are mostly business as usual.

No wonder there is no A-list Chinese actor. Unfortunately, as it appears, in China, (only) females have back bones.

Do you hear the people sing? Asked Li Jingrui, who is traveling in NYC with her husband who is visiting Columbia University. Li is one of best Chinese writers, and like Han Han, gained fame in her early age after winning a national writing competition.

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

Update: Taiwan actress Yi Nengjing (Annie Yi) was summoned by political police after she posted support to Southern Weekend's fight against censorship. Yi wrote, on some occasions, keeping silence can make good people accomplice of evil forces. Yi's Weibo account was closed.

She posted a last message after being released and before her account was canceled regarding her experience with the authority: your anger proved my choice; your disguise boosted my confidence; your craziness reflected my sane; your slaughter testified my survival.

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