Bi Bi See
Ask JD who this guy is, and he'll say, "Lao Bi" ("Old Bi"), the nickname of Bi FuJian - one of China's most popular and famous TV presenters. JD used to enjoy watching his "China's Got Talent" show when he was younger. So, it was a bit of a shock to see Bi's face featured on the BBC website yesterday. Apparently he was videoed singing an irreverent song about Mao Zedong at a private dinner. The clip was posted online and quickly went viral. Within hours, it was removed from websites throughout China and Lao Bi has been suspended from TV work! Despite most Chinese people having, let's say, "mixed" feelings about Chairman Mao, public criticism or mockery of the founder of modern China is still way off limits, even for the rich and famous. Poor Bi.
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Paul Hider lives and works in Kunming (SW China) and regularly updates this blog about his life there.
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