De­fac­ing the great WALL

The World of Chinese - - MISHMASH -

The Hous­ton Rock­ets are ar­guably China’s fa­vorite NBA team, thanks to the ex­ploits of Chi­nese bas­ket­ball star Yao Ming. But even being on that team wasn’t enough to shield Bobby Brown from an avalanche of ou­trage af­ter he In­sta­grammed an im­age of his sig­na­ture scratched onto the Great Wall. “Had a blast at the Great Wall to­day,” he cap­tioned the pic­ture. Chi­nese ne­ti­zens, nat­u­rally, had less of a blast with this. Brown re­al­ized his er­ror and made a prompt apol­ogy, and it would seem that this, to­gether with the rep­u­ta­tion of the beloved Hous­ton Rock­ets, has been suf­fi­cient to blunt most of the re­ac­tion. - D.D.

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