Tuesday, February 3, 2009
20090203 Join the Shoevement
There has been another shoe-ing!
While shoemakers quibble over whose shoe it was that was thrown at G.W. Bush - a human rights protester threw a shoe at Wen Jiabao, the Premier of China at Cambridge University yesterday.
Mr. Wen was quoted as calling it "despicable". Golly. If he reacts That strongly over something that really is trivial, maybe he ought to have shoes thrown at him a little more until he snaps out of his own ego.
In fact he is so bent out of shape about it that the Chinese people don't even get to know about it because it has been censored from the media. THAT is the BEST reason to do something as symbolic, rebellious and utterly pointless as this, IMHO.
I can't help but think of Arnold Schwarzeneggar when he was hit with an egg who reacted in a very cool manner, shrugging it off & joking "He definitely owes me some bacon". That is really the only way to deal with it properly. Any other reaction betrays an inner weakness that deserves the pelting.