Photos of a girl trudging through a flooded street with her boyfriend clinging to her back have become the talk of Weibo recently — along with all the other flood-related news.
Heavy rainstorms have led to flooding in cities all along the Yangtze, particularly in Wuhan, where the city’s public transportation center has been submerged by flood waters. While some people can rely on their grandpas to transport them dryly around town inside a wooden basin, others must look to their girlfriends.
Apparently, chivalry is now dead, at least for this gentleman who had to get his girlfriend to carry him across a flooded intersection because he didn’t want to ruin his precious leather shoes. At least that’s the excuse he’s sticking to. Well, his girlfriend ate it up, anyway.
In the photos, the girlfriend is seen lifting her smiling lover. She says she doesn’t mind having to be the one to wade through a waterlogged road since she is wearing sandals, emphasizing that if her boyfriend’s leather shoes got soaked, he’d have to spend a lot of time fixing them, CCTV News reports.
Therefore, it was she who came up with the brilliant idea of taking him across like he was Yoda — a win-win solution: his leather shoes stay intact and they get to cross the road.
Netizens on Weibo are making a big fuss over the couple, praising the thoughtful girlfriend, while also urging the boyfriend to just “man up.”
“I understand that it’s their relationship and I have no right to say anything, but isn’t this a little over-the-top? Dude, if you don’t want to ruin your leather shoes, just take them off! And I don’t even know how to describe that girl: naive or stupid?” one wrote.
“Like some of you said, it’s their relationship. How about you guys just mind your own business? Stop being so nosy!” another commented.
“I would definitely marry that girl if I were that lucky guy. Where can I find a girl like that?” one netizen asked.
Well, it’s difficult, but not impossible! In 2014, one girlfriend was seen carrying her boyfriend across a flooded streets — in high heels no less!
More often though, it’s left for the chivalrous Chinese man to be the supportive one in the relationship:
By Katie Ngai
[Images via CCTV News]