Cartoonist Badiucao offers a comment on Ai Weiwei’s surprise appearance on a CCTV-1 late night sketch show last week. While the appearance was brief—Ai uttered no more than three words—Badiucao sees the high-profile dissident’s image making it on to state television as akin to flipping the Party the bird. Watch Ai’s appearance here.
Delete all online references to the case of Ai Weiwei ‘borrowing money to pay his taxes.’ Interactive pages must promptly remove messages which seize on this occasion to attack the Party and government, the legal system and the social system. Promptly remove all discussion of a mobilizing or inciting nature.
The more unexpected an opportunity, the more attractive it is to him, especially if it offers a platform for challenging the Chinese government. And when he says yes, he means yes.
I’ve seen shy girls, and shy little boys, too — but have you ever seen such a shy government?