China isn’t very happy with certain countries as a result of the recent South China Sea arbitration ruling that didn’t quite go its way. When Chinese patriots wanted to show their anger towards the Japanese in the past, some decided to smash Japanese cars. Well, what happens when they feel that same resentment towards Filipinos and Americans? The logical answer, of course, is to boycott mangoes and smash iPhones!
Many netizens have boasted that they will boycott goods from countries supporting the ruling, as profits from those sales could go to fund “enemy” armies. A popular post that has been circulating around on Weibo reads: “Let’s all start boycotting today. Do not buy goods from South Korea, Japan, America and the Philippines. Do not travel there. I cannot fight on the front lines, but I will not be the foolish citizen who provides bullets for the enemy.”
Some skeptical web users challenged these patriotic netizens by asking them to show their determination by smashing their iPhones, which apparently represent the ultimate American product. And many did just that.
Some posts seem a little fishy, though. For instance, How did they post images of their smashed iPhones from an iPhone? Hmm… think we smell someone’s pants on fire. Or more accurately, many pairs of pants on fire.
Other less radical netizens said that as they already paid for their iPhones, there’s really no point in smashing them. However, when the iPhone 7 comes out, they will refrain from buying those. They promise.
Another popular target of the boycott is Filipino mangoes. Many Taobao mango shops started emphasizing in their advertisements that their products come from Thailand or China instead of from the Philippines. As for the shops that used to sell Filipino mangoes, their products’ images tell customers to boycott the product. One even wrote that the family of anyone who buys it would die.
All of this seems quite odd considering how just two days ago, people made it extremely clear that they don’t care about the South China Sea arbitration.
By Amy Yang
[Images via Weibo]