China’s first foray into trolling.
Beijing has cited the death of American black man George Floyd as evidence of Washington’s hypocrisy after it imposed a ban on all tomato and cotton products from China’s western Xinjiang region over alleged human rights abuses.
“In the United States hundreds of thousands of innocent people died of Covid-19, people like George Floyd cannot even breathe freely,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said during a regular press conference on Thursday.
Zhao blasted US allegations that Xinjiang products were made through the “forced labor” of detained Uighur Muslims, calling it the “biggest lie of the century.”
It actually obviously is a total lie. At the very least, there isn’t any evidence of it.
Which makes the George Floyd reply all the more unfortunate.
Can’t China just hire some clever white guy to run their English social media? They don’t really have anything to lose at this point, because they’ve never tried to engage Western culture before on any level.
Opening up with “LOL GEORGE FLOYD” is non-optimal.
He also said it was “despicable” that similar practices had been reported in the US, referencing a Los Angeles Times article about female prisoners forced to work overtime to produce masks, without being offered protection themselves.
It follows the announcement on Wednesday that the US would impose a blanket ban on apparel and textiles made with Xinjiang-grown cotton, as well as tomato seeds, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce and other products from the region.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement that it had issued a Withhold Release Order, allowing the authorities to seize the products at all US ports of entry.
The CBP estimates that around $9 billion worth of cotton products and $10 million worth of tomato products were imported from China into the US in the last 12 months.
It seems like it would make more sense to talk about the lockdown, the mass arrests of political dissidents, etc. Or the wars that the US has launched against Moslems for no apparent reason.
But hey – learning to troll takes time. This was their first try.
Actually it was their second try, and their first try was the Australian Afghanistan thing, which turned out hilariously.
So, they’re 1-1.
They can actually fix this George Floyd troll if they release a video of a reenactment of the George Floyd arrest seen with a Chinese actor in blackface who’s screaming, like really screaming, and there is very somber, horrible Chinese music playing loudly.
I’d buy that for a dollar.
Furthermore, I would direct it myself. Although I would have to do it for free, because I’m not going to accept money from China. That could get me on some kind of list or something.