In China speech is so unfree that you have to veil your criticism of the government as a diatribe against Charlie Sheen

Originally posted elsewhere on 03/10/2011

Blogger, Hao Leifeng, has posted an opinion piece in The Global Times entitled, Charlie Sheen is not filial. It is a fascinating piece in which the author compares Asian and Western cultures and offers words of advice. The word, “filial”, is not much used in English, but in brief the title is suggesting that Charlie Sheen is not playing the part of a good son because his father, Martin Sheen, had strongly advised Charlie to keep his private life private, but Charlie continues to relish the lime light. Anyway that’s what it appears to be about on the face of the matter. However a closer reading suggests that Charlie’s situation is being used by the author to criticize the powers-that-be in China, but in a veiled way that allows him plausible deniability.
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