Friday, August 16, 2013
Tanque du Soleil
A Cirque du Soleil performance left a Beijing audience audibly shocked when a banned image of the iconic Tiananmen "tank man" protester was displayed on giant screens in front of 15,000 people.
The politically-charged image -- of a sole, unarmed protester blocking a line of tanks during a 1989 government crackdown in Tiananmen Square -- was displayed for about four seconds as part of a montage of protest imagery during a performance of Michael Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us," according to a post on That's Beijing magazine's website.
"The result was an audible collective gasp from the audience," wrote That's Beijing's editor, Stephen George, in a post which has since been deleted.
"The very fact it was displayed, so publicly and on such a large movie theater screen in front of so many people -- and in Beijing, of all places -- felt genuinely quite radical," he wrote. "As my friend commented, 'I can't imagine ever being witness to that image being shown in Beijing again, even if I stay here for another 50 years.'"
The image -- and any mention of the massacre itself -- is banned in China, raising questions of how it made it into the show past the attention of government censors.
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The image -- and any mention of the massacre itself -- is banned in China, raising questions of how it made it into the show past the attention of former government censors.
4 seconds is a very long blink or a very short nap. Probably dozing or talking among themselves, thinking surely no one would dare...
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