[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here. Or by Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
I just found this kind of amusing where apparently China has had not one, but two sexting scandals. That is right the commie rat bastards* are even trying to outdo us in public humiliation! Read this in shame, Americans:
Anthony Weiner is not alone.
It turns out the married congressman from New York, who submitted his resignation Monday after he was discovered using Twitter to send messages and explicit photos of himself to six different women, has company: a Chinese government official in the southern province of Jiangsu who recently managed to compromise himself on the popular Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo.
According to local media reports, Xie Zhiqiang, head of the Liyang City Sanitation Bureau, was fired Tuesday after he was discovered using Weibo to arrange an illicit rendezvous with a woman presumed to be his mistress — apparently unaware that messages posted to the site were visible to the public.
And there was a second sexting scandal which has something else in common with Weinergate:
The scandal comes just a month after billionaire investor Wang Gongquan used Sina Weibo to publicly announce that he was giving up everything and eloping with his mistress in China’s biggest social-media event so far this year.
That’s right, its from Weinergate to Wang-gate!
And incidentally, before anyone says, “who cares? He’s a private citizen!” do remember that there really is no such thing in totalitarian China. Mind you, I don’t care very much about this (meaning I would be very surprised if I end up blogging about this again), but that distinction is less applicable in China.
At the same time, feel free to doubt the veracity of any part of this story, given that it comes from… totalitarian China.
* I say that jokingly recognizing that in fact the modern Chinese government only pretends to be communist–what they really are, are totalitarians and crony capitalists.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]