By Oliver Dzuba
We’re sure by now you’ve read the Global Times’ latest attempt at ‘satire’. Titled ‘Never Sleep with a Virgin‘, the article audaciously offers a few cringe worthy and extremely inappropriate analyses about foreign men sleeping with Chinese women.
This over the top piece was meant to satirize the lamentable sexpatriate men who navigate through Chinese cities in a perverted fashion, but the irony and humor was lost on some. On Caixin, Li Yinhe wrote an articulated response to retort some of the assertions put forth in the satirical piece. Compare and contrast, and it can be quickly deduced which quote belongs to which article.
“Still, many of my foreign friends chose to ignore reality and take the plunge. It is because Chinese women are “smart, sweet and smoking hot,” one of my friends explained. Soon he found out that the “smart, sweet and smoking hot Chinese woman in her late 20s” he devirginized turned into a clingy lover and stalker. He freaked out and left her.“
“…it’s understandable for a woman to react in this way given traditional customs and beliefs in China. Only 30 years ago, there was more at stake in meaningless sex than a mere personal or moral quandary – a woman’s virginity was a prerequisite for marriage.”
It’s quite clear Li Yinhe had her time wasted in this situation, but kudos to her for giving a level headed reaction. Global Times editor in chief Hu Xijin threw the piece’s writer under a bus as soon as complaints started coming in. The English-language editorial team offered a rambling, unapologetic explanation in an interview with Beijing Cream late last week.
Any journalist who took this seriously would have been better to not waste their time, as this isn’t the first time the Global times has pulled a stunt like this.