We tend to make fun of China Daily a lot because some of their stories are hilariously obvious and asinine, but maybe we should have been perusing the Global Times for our “unintentional comedy in Chinese media” fix instead. Over the last week, they’ve managed to write an inadvertent insult to Liu Wei, the armless pianist who won China’s Got Talent AND make a (really, really funny) gaffe when interviewing our founding editor. But first – did you know Liu Wei was “a lifeless ordinary”?
Amazing what a single space will do to your sentence! Poor Liu Wei – that’s a harsh neg right there.
The feature with Dan Washburn was host to a less degrading, but much more bizarre, mistake. At some point in time in his interview, Dan talked about his influences for how to conduct sports journalism.
Dan says he actually said George Plimpton, which would make more sense, considering George Plimpton was a… sports journalist. Then again, the thought of Dan going off to bull riding rodeos or rock climbing competitions coked up and feeeeeling fuuunkaaay is so hilarious, I actually hope they don’t issue a correction.
They should, however, learn to spell avant-garde right.
Yes, yes, Shanghaiist have not always been the bastion of correct spelling and grammar ourselves, but we aren’t beneficiaries of a 45 billion RMB push to get more China-philic English-language media out there. You’d think they could spare a billion of that chunk for some good copy editors.