Swinger party by government officials? Or distraction from Gu Kailai trial? (Graphic content)

Alia | August 9th, 2012 - 8:37 pm

Yesterday, if you read about news on China from sources outside of China, the keyword was Gu Kailai, wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, who confessed to murder of a Briton on court yesterday. But if you read about news from within the Great Fire Wall of China, the keywords are “Lu jiang”, a town in Anhui province, and “group sex.” A set of about 120 nude photos of three township-level officials in Lujiang engaging in group sex started to go viral online since yesterday.

Work by netizen based on sex photos

When these photos first caught netiznes’ attention, local Internet Propaganda Office in Lujiang, as quoted by an article on People.com, claimed that all the sex photos were photoshopped. Later, they upset their own conviction and told journalists from Nanfang Daily that after they tracked down the original photos, it was concluded that none was photoshopped. But of course, nowhere in China should people to be allowed to believe that their government officials are posing nake in group sex. Hours later, 庐江发布, the official Weibo account of Lujiang, announced that these photos, originated from cs.voc.com.cn, were of three pairs of swingers from the city of Kunming in Yunan province and have nothing to do the officials in Lujiang – it’s just that these swingers look very much like the officials from Lujiang.

Verified Sina Weibo account 叫兽易小星, who is a famous short film producer, somewhat confirmed Lujiang government’s version of the story by pointing out that the photos can be traced back to 2007: “Everybody is talking about the group sex pictures….but I think they should be old photos from 2007. They [people in the photos] are more likely to be a group of friends having a swinger party. If you search “three couples from Kunming” in Baidu, more photos will come up. Probably not a sex party by public servants. But I didn’t study the photos closely enough. Anyway, everybody has their own moral standard.”

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of pro-government newspaper Global Times, also stood in defense of Lujiang government, and he certainly has a point: “I didn’t go over all the photos from the Lujiang group sex set. However, anyone with the slightest understanding of politics in China won’t believe that these are photos of county Deputy Chief and Secretary of county Party committee. The Internet is a platform for bottom-up supervision. Let’s protect it together and shield it from rumors.”

Later, journalists from Nanfang Daily also dug out an apology by netizen anhui1234567q on Lujiang Baidu Tieba  (a large online community hosted by Baidu) explaining how the whole group sex rumor started: “I saw a set of unverified photos on Sina Weibo and thought one of the guys looked like Deputy Chief of Lujiang. I suggested that they photos were of Lujiang county Deputy Chief in accident. I never imaged it would lead to such severe consequences. I feel very sorry. Hereby I sincerely apologize to Deputy Chief Mr. Wang. I’m kneeing down asking for his forgiveness. It wasn’t on purpose. Announcement by anhui1234567q. 8/92012.”

But what netizens choose to believe is another story. At least, the official website of Lujiang government was reported to be hacked hours after the photos went viral online. While most netizens are either actively looking for download links for the photos or are condemning the decayed morality of government officials, some others came up with another hypothesis, that is, to use a group sex rumor to distract people’s attention away from the trial of Gu Kailai, wife of disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai, who confessed to murder of a Briton on court yesterday.

Reporting of the trial has been strictly controlled and sensitive words like “bo” or “Gu Kailai” were found to be censored on Weibo. 镜中的男人王冠雄 asked: “It’s very uncommon to see Sina not to block something like group sex photos. Is this an intentional distraction? I don’t think it’s a simple rumor. Am I thinking too much?” 照心, by posting a picture of Gu Kailai along with one of the group sex pictures, was more blatant: “Think about what else happened today and you will know what does distraction mean.”

Could it be? Posiible, but so far it seems to be a far-fetched revelation. As it is always the case on the Chinese internet,  to start a rumor costs nothing and once a rumor starts, truth is likely to be forever buried under an overflow of resentment towards the government.

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22 Responses to “Swinger party by government officials? Or distraction from Gu Kailai trial? (Graphic content)”

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