Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Our Faces, Red with Shame

From the look of things, it seems that the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing are going to be the world's largest organized apology to the Chinese government ever attempted. There have already been apologies for US cyclists wearing masks to combat the Beijing smog, and it's likely that Amanda Beard will apologize for revealing racy ad-campaign photos while in the conservative nation. For what other things will the world try to make amends before the closing ceremonies?
  • Tour group apologizes for ordering Chinese menu items with their original names: "We planned this trip for a long while, including studying local cuisine. We heard about the government ordering dishes to be renamed, but we didn't think we were hurting anyone"
  • Woman caught publicly breastfeeding apologizes for nurturing, showing preference to female child
  • Man claims he's "deeply sorry" for spitting on flaming Tibetan protester: "I swear, I wasn't trying to put the fire out at all"
  • Families of the ten Austrian tourists dead due to poor quality of drinking water send their "heartfelt sympathies" to China as government deals with embarrassing media coverage
  • Representatives from 204 nations call their victories at the Beijing Summer Olympics "nothing special" and "[not indicative] of superior athleticism"

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