When Youku interviewed people on the street about China’s new filial piety law they probably weren’t expecting that this old man in a tank top would provide viral gold.
The new law, which came into effect on July 1, stipulates that “Family members living apart from the elderly should frequently visit or send greetings to the elderly persons”. The regulations did not go as far as an initial draft which called for children to be compelled to visit their parents.
Asked about the new law, an elderly man launched into a brief, heartfelt rant about what was really the problem here:
This law is ridiculous. Where’s the crime in my child not visiting me regularly? Staying single after 30 – now that’s a crime! [Offenders] should be prosecuted!
The video of the man has been viewed on Youku over 100,000 times in under 24 hours. The man’s sentiment seems to be finding favour among netizens, reflecting a pervasive (albeit misguided) concern over leftover women (and, to a lesser extent, leftover men) who have the temerity to choose to get married later in life and not settle for any old loser their parents choose for them.
We’ve written before about how the ‘leftover women’ stereotype is cultivated by the government and groups such as the All China Women’s Federation.
[Image credit: Youku // Via: Xiaofeng Shi, Offbeat China]