The Consulate General of Luxembourg in Shanghai has issued an apology for “hurting the feeling of many Chinese netizens” after a video went viral of a late-night road rage incident involving one of the consulate’s staff members and his girlfriend.
Shot in the early morning hours, the video starts in the middle of a dispute between two drivers on a narrow road in Shanghai in which neither vehicle wanted to give way and let the other pass. According to the driver who filmed and uploaded the video, a Shanghainese woman stormed out of the opposite car’s passenger seat and began to viciously berate him for five or six minutes before he finally decided to turn on his camera and record her colorful range of Shanghainese profanities.
As he is being insulted, the driver keeps his cool and turns his camera to the car in front of him which has diplomatic plates. The irate woman then invites him to step out of his car. After he declines, the woman calls him a “cripple” and says that she will just park the car here and go home before getting back into the vehicle.
The video then picks back up again as another dispute begins outside of the woman’s car. According to the driver, a passerby had overheard the woman’s insane tirade and had started to hurl insults at her. Soon, the two get into a profanity laced shouting match (“Fuck your mother! Fuck all your ancestors!”), and the passerby attempts to drag the woman out of the vehicle.
At this point, the driver tries to get in-between the two and stop the fight, as does the woman’s boyfriend, David Storne, consular attaché at the Luxembourg Consulate General in Shanghai.
“I’m gonna fuck you up!” Storne is overheard saying to the passerby. “I will fuck your face now! You don’t touch my girlfriend… I’m serious. Otherwise I will do something very bad.”
The passerby, who later admits that he can’t speak English, backs up a bit and begins to ask for his bag back which somehow got lost in the scuffle. “If I didn’t want to give this foreigner face, then I would beat your ass,” the passerby says to the woman.
However, the woman continues to hurl obscenities and insults at the passerby, saying that she’ll call the police, just as soon as she smacks him up. Eventually, the woman and Storne get back in their car, and the passerby and driver walk away.
The video was uploaded on Friday by the driver, a local wedding photographer named Deng Xiaotang who goes by the Weibo moniker “@TangVision.” In his post, Deng doesn’t blame Storne who couldn’t understand what his girlfriend was saying in Shanghainese. Deng claims that he had offered to translate for Storne, but the woman had angrily shot that idea down. In the end, Deng claims that Storne and his girlfriend backed down, letting him pass through.
As you might imagine, the post and video have generated considerable interest on Chinese social media with over 50,000 comments and 40,000 shares.
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She sure seems like a keeper, huh?
After the video went viral, the Luxembourg Consulate General in Shanghai issued a statement, “regretting” that the video “hurt the feelings of many Chinese netizens.” The statement adds that the consulate general has launched an investigation to find out “the whole truth” about the matter.
[Video via Weibo]
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