Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Anxiety about Ai Weiwei? Who is he?

Who is Ai Weiwei?

The Truths about Ai Wei Wei

1. He did not design the bird's nest Olympic Stadium. Claims somehow become truths after the media report and repeat them

2. He is an eccentric bum / hobo / illegal / gambler / beggar. His integrity and credibility are questionable.

3. He has an axe to grind with the Chinese authorities and would rather whip up a storm than to compromise. He only told half truths about the episode of his studio's demolition among others.

4. His support base is outside China. He has no regard for the Chinese motherland.

To the majority of the Chinese population, Ai Weiwei is not well known. Nor is he representative of their aspirations. Least of all, Chinese people would even regard him as a hero or a leader of their destiny. Certainly the media attention and frenzy have been disportionate and uncalled for.

Ai Weiwei may have some abstract artistic talents. His antics have thus far been tolerated by the authorities. While we await the investigations on Ai's economic crimes, shouldn't we civilised folks be patient and respectful.

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