On a fine summer day last week in Shanghai, some foreigners went out to enjoy the sun at Fuxing Park—wait for it—in their bikinis! Apparently, this is newsworthy in China.
Today, NetEase published a set of photos snapped last Saturday featuring foreigners lying around the park lawn with their skin exposed (otherwise known as tanning), laughing and generally just soaking up the sun. What’s more—”according to reports”—this happens often when the weather is nice. Often! NetEase says that for locals entering the park can feel like stepping into a whole other country (one where apparently it’s socially acceptable to be a serious creeper).
The bombshell exposé has already drawn more than 60,000 comments. Most are of the sexist and/or creepy variety, while others are more nationalistic or puritanical. Here’s a small sampling of the less offensive top comments:
“Rotten Western culture is corrupting Chinese people’s ethics! Even if you don’t believe it, it is really happening,” wrote one netizen who presumably was really happy when “The Big Bang Theory” was censored.
“If this had happened with Chinese aunties in an American street, then domestic and international [news site] would have ran the headline: Chinese aunties sunbathe in New York City street, what has happened to Chinese morals!” wrote another netizen.
“Foreign women are also not very large. Before why did i think that foreign women were big?” posted one curious netizen.
“I’d also like to take a walk around this park,” posted another commenter, who we really hope stays away from this park.
Overall, the article seems like a major victory for Chinese voyeurs, who have seen partial nudity banned from gaming conventions, car shows and funerals, and so have had to fall back on ogling women’s exposed armpits and belly buttons on Weibo.
Btw, how awesome is this guy!
by Alex Linder
[Images via NetEase]