‘Say no to freedom of speech!’
Lin Miaoke, the angelic little girl who lip-synced at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony because the girl actually singing the song was deemed too ugly, has taken to Weibo to sing praises about the glory of censorship.
Lin is now 13, and while I would normally refrain from criticising or even deigning to pay attention to the opinions of a 13 year old, her post has been retweeted over 25,000 times and so bears discussing if only to wonder why the hell everyone is discussing it, as no one should care about what a 13 year old has to say about politics, no matter how famous they are.
Lin tweeted on her official account (translation by Tea Leaf Nation):
We make our home here [at Weibo] and should be protected by Sina. The type of speech that is harmful to people’s physical and mental health should be eradicated. Such speech should not be allowed to exist on the Internet and pollute the air on the Internet. Sina, you can do it.
Lin appears to have embraced her role as a lip-syncer, first for poor little Yang Peiyi and now for the Communist Party. Lin’s statement is Party orthodoxy, and in fact pretty accurately reflects current Sina policy, the company is hardly shy about censoring posts.
Kaifu Lee, CEO of Innovation Works and someone personally familiar with censorship on Weibo, had some wise advice for Lin (translation by TLN):
Miaoke, you will start to understand after you grow up: 1) The judgment of “harmful speech” is quite subjective, 2) Angry people get angrier if you block their speech, 3) The censors become more overbearing and tyrannical over time, 4) Freedom of speech is an inalienable right of human beings. So the best way to create a healthy speech environment is to tolerate more speech, and not censorship.
As Rachel Lu notes, Lin practices what she preaches, despite the thousands of shares her post received, only 61 replies are visible on her personal Weibo page, “all of them favorable to her.”