China’s new “floating” officials did visit the elderly lady

Alia | October 30th, 2013 - 7:36 am

In another epic photoshop fail, the below image with 3 giant officials visiting a Hobbit-like elderly woman went viral on the Chinese Internet. The picture was found by netizens on the website of the Civil Affairs Bureau in Ningguo, Anhui province.

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Netizens first flocked to the website after the Bureau ordered a local online community to cancel its donation event for 3 poor families with uremia patients. Officials said that a donated event for only a few was “unfair” to others in similar situations. Angry netizens from the online community then rushed to the Bureau’s website to find fault; and it didn’t disappoint them.

The image has since been used as a telling example of blatant government dishonesty in China. But to be fair, as shown in images below, these officials in the picture, including a vice mayor, did pay visits to several 100-year-olds, as part of the celebration of China’s Elderly’s Day. It’s more of matter of stupidity than dishonesty. 

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The source image?

 

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According to the official explanation, due to limited space at the lady’s home, it’s impossible to put everybody in the frame so they “had to put together two separate pictures.”

The explanation didn’t do Ningbo government any good. Many netizens asked why there has to be a picture with all the visiting officials in. A more important question, as netizen 金山湖畔白固山 put it, is “why ‘dwarf’ the elderly lady, not the officials?”

More “floating” officials from all over China. 

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