*The Viral Week That Was is our weekly round-up of the previous week’s trending memes, humor, rumor, gossip, and everything else Chinese netizens are chatting about. Think of this as a nicotine patch to help ease yourself into the working week after suckling on the smokey teat of the weekend.
Welcome back one and all to the Viral Week. We hope everyone had a fun-filled national holiday. Now, here’s what you missed over the past week. We bring you ladies kissing the boss, gay-bashing from an award winner, baijiu as the new tequila, and someone special says “hi” to China. But first…
Many of you probably traveled around during the seven day vacation. Just in the TWOC offices, we had people go to Australia, Canada, the Chinese countryside, and apartment hunting.
But visitors to one of the Chinese’s favorite touring grounds suffered a setback when many tourists were denied entry.
Jeju Island of South Korea is somewhat of a local haunt for citizens of the Middle Kingdom due to its close proximity and visa-free requirements. Unfortunately, over a hundred travelers were left stuck in the airport after being denied entry. One man was quoted as saying that it was because he had not printed out a hotel confirmation.
“What’s the password to connect to the printer?” [Weibo]
Stranded in random empty rooms, the tourists were told that they could either purchase another flight home or wait for their originally scheduled one.
It is unclear as to the exact reason for this sudden crackdown on Chinese tourists—especially given how much they spend there—but only last month, there were incidents of violence involving voyagers from the Middle Kingdom.
TEAM BUILDING: KISSING
Women in the Chinese workplace. It’s an issue that would take longer than we have (but don’t worry, check out our latest issue which tackles gender inequality in depth), so let’s just take a look at a recent example.
Every morning from 9 to 9.30am, the boss of this company in Beijing lines up female employees and engages in a team building exercise. Eschewing the normal calisthenics routine, he proceeds to give each and every female employee a kiss to start their day.
The male boss claims that this kind of activity helps to facilitate a closeness that transcends managerial levels. And to prove his point, he says that many of his employees miss him during holiday periods and often send him messages on WeChat.
GOD AND AWARDS
Hark back to when you a tiny toddler, holding a bottle in one hand and a rattle in the other, giving an award acceptance speech for when you won for best actor in a leading role at the Oscar’s. You thanked your friends, family, costars, agent, and—of course—God.
This is exactly what Lee Tien-Chu did after he won Best Actor at the recent Golden Bell Awards, Taiwan’s version of the Emmy Awards, except that he focused much more on the last individual (?).
From about 2:25 in the video, Lee recites the Lord’s Prayer to awkward applause. Why? Because he is a devoutly religious man and was gifted the award by God.
And it didn’t end there.
After the ceremony, Lee told reporters that the Second Coming of Christ was imminent and he was praying abundantly in preparation as well as being very selective with his role choices. When asked to give an example, Lee claimed that “many gay productions came to seek me out”and that he would “not be a spokesperson for the gay community”, saying that “homosexuality is a curse on our future generations”.
Interview in Chinese below:
Baijiu (that Chinese liquor you’ve probably tried once and only once) sales have been dropping recently and in an attempt to revitalize this product, makers are aiming at foreigners.
Currently, less than one percent of all baijiu is consumed outside of China’s borders. Distillers are trying to change this by reducing the proof levels from over 100 to around 80, something akin to spirits westerners love to drink. In addition, they are experimenting with different cocktails mixes and introducing them at bars around the world.
The hope is that by making these changes, foreigners will develop an appreciation for this one thousand year-old Chinese drink.
And a tip for those who wish to try at home? Diageo, the alcoholic beverages company, recommends cutting baijiu with 7-Up to make it more bearable.
Another member of the Hollywood contingent joined Weibo a couple of days ago.
Leonardo DiCaprio, or Little Li as the Chinese affectionately call him, announced his arrival and was met with a flurry of well-wishers and meme-proliferators.