Strictly banned from this year’s super classy Shanghai Auto Show and with no where else to turn, a group of jobless models staged a stirring protest in Xujiahui yesterday, fighting for their right to be paid to grind on cars once again.
This year, the Shanghai Auto Show made the extremely bold move to direct people’s attention to the actual cars on display by banning the scantily-clad models that have become ubiquitous at Chinese car shows in recent years. While this created a wealth of opportunity for qualified professional sales representatives and shopping guides, some models were unable to meet the lofty qualifications needed to be a car cleaner or stand-attendant at the show and were left without a job.
To protest their treatment, the unemployed models dressed up in their most fashionable rags and pretended to beg on the curbside outside of Metro City at the Xujiahui Station. They carried signs declaring “We want to survive!” and lamenting that their starving themselves had all been for nothing.
After seeing pictures of the protest online, many netizens wrote in to support the models, admitting that they were rather attractive. While others believed that since it is a car show, the focus should be on the cars instead of on a topless woman making out with a snake. One netizen diplomatically suggested that the down-on-their-luck models should try their luck in Dongguan.
Of course, career opportunities are plentiful for models in China, so if fake-begging doesn’t work out they can always wear face-kinis or provide some companionship to lonely gamers.
We can only hope that Japanese porn stars and funeral strippers will be the next to protest for their right to work in China. Though these women will need to be cautious in choosing what day they stage their protest
by Alex Linder
[Images via NetEase]