Houston Rockets player Bobby Brown has come under heavy criticism after thoughtlessly carving his name and jersey number on the Great Wall of China. On Monday, the backup point guard posted a picture of the offending autograph with the caption, “Had a blast at the Great Wall of China today,” to his Weibo account.
Before Brown got a chance to rethink his post, he was lambasted in an avalanche of comments from Weibo users. One wrote, according to Sina.com,, “Are you proud of your carving? This is a part of world heritage, not the toilet of your home.” This comment possibly leaving many netizens wondering what else Brown had done on the wall to deserve a toilet reference.
Brown and the Rockets were in China to play New Orleans Pelicans for the NBA’s Global Game China, and naturally the players partook in some sightseeing, to get their Snapchat stories on point. However, after the online fallout from his graffiti post, 32-year-old Brown rethought his actions and apologised to his Chinese fans. “I’m so sorry for this! I apologize I didn’t mean any harm by this, I respect the Chinese culture, I made an honest mistake … I hope you forgive me” he said in his apology the next morning.
Defacing the Great Wall is prohibited, but local officials have designated specific “graffiti zones” for the “convenience” of tourists. Maybe these zones weren’t aesthetically pleasing enough for Brown’s social media accounts…
In recent years, a spotlight has been cast many times on Chinese tourists behaving badly abroad, and the jury is still out on whether Brown was just trying to give the country a taste of its own medicine.
By Seamus Gibson
[Images via China Daily]