The folks at the government-affiliated media outlet China News have found themselves at the receiving end of some well-deserved public backlash after publishing an editorial on Friday that used racial slurs in reference to outgoing US ambassador Gary Locke, calling him a ‘rotten banana’ and a ‘guide dog’, further finding way to blame him for the country’s chronic smog problem.
The editorial “Farewell, Gary Locke”, written by an author under the pseudonym Wang, took a low jab at Locke’s identity as a third-generation Chinese-American, calling him a “banana”—a term used to describe Asians who identify with Western values.
“But when a banana sits out for long, its yellow peels will always rot, not only revealing its white core but also turning into the stomach-churning color of black,” the piece read.
Locke was praised by the public during his tenure when he was spotted carrying around a backpack, ordering his own Starbucks and flying coach class, but not by Wang, who denounced the act and described it as a ploy to make less frugal Chinese officials look bad.
Wang further likened Locke to a “guide dog” for aiding in the escape of blind lawyer Chen Guangcheng.
“Not only did he run around by himself, he even served as a guide dog for the blind when he took in the so-called blind rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng and led him running,” the editorial said.
Then this somehow, we’re assuming, passed the eyes of editors and still ran: “When he arrived, so did Beijing’s smog. With his departure, Beijing’s sky suddenly turned blue.”
The piece ended: “Let’s bid goodbye to the smog, and let’s bid goodbye to the plague. Farewell, Gary Locke.”
Members of the Chines public have (rightfully so) called out Wang and his editorial as being tasteless, ungraceful and essentially a load of bullshit.
“This article by China News Service is the most shameless I have ever seen — not one of them but the most shameless,” well known online commentator Yao Bo said. “Without him, we probably still would not have known what PM2.5 is, and how did he bring the smog? You have played the snake in the Farmer and the Viper.”