Does anybody still remember the series of anti-semitic rants made by douchebag CCTV host Yang Rui (杨锐), which he quickly deleted from his Weibo as soon as we published them here on Shanghaiist? He has finally given an apology for those remarks. Well, sorta.
In a remark on his Sina Weibo account, Yang wrote:
Recently, I discussed my views on Israel and the Jewish people with a renowned American Jewish scholar who I greatly respect: During World War II, China took great risk to protect the Jewish people. I deeply empathise with the unfortunate circumstances the Jews then found themselves in, and I respect their unity and the great contributions they have made to the world of commerce. I also have great admiration for the China-Israeli bilateral relation. He was full of praise for our show Dialogue. I emphasised that I was deeply sorry if my remarks had caused any misunderstanding. Dialogue and communication are very important!
In May this year, Yang Rui caused a huge commotion by calling on the Public Security Bureau to “clean out the foreign trash” and to “arrest foreign thugs” because foreigners were coming to China to “grab our money, engage in human trafficking and spread deceitful lies to encourage emigration”.
He also referred to Al-Jazeera’s then-China correspondent Melissa Chan as a “foreign bitch” and threatened ChinaGeeks blogger Charlie Custer with legal action after he embarked on an online campaign to get CCTV to sack him. Soon afterwards, he walked back his remarks in an attempt to get people to forget everything he said.
Read what Yang Rui said about Jews, which we’ve published for posterity HERE and make up your own mind as to what the man really thinks about them.
Yang Rui remains the douchebag numero uno in Shanghaiist’s Hall of Douchebags.