During the weekend, China’s mass-line anticorruption campaign made its most well-known celebrity detention so far – prominent China Central Television (CCTV) anchor and business journalist Rui Chenggang, known for his nationalist stances.
Rui, who came from no background and worked his way to become one of China’s most popular star anchors, has been the face of the “Chinese dream”. In the summer of 2013, Rui said in an interview that his success could “offer inspirations to millions of ordinary young people in China,” and that “the most fundamental and important thing of being a journalist is to have a strong sense of social responsibility.”
Today, he is detained on suspicion of taking bribes, and even deep involvement in high-ranking officials’ corruption cases. His “words of wisdom” now sound like a joke. Many of his fans expressed feelings of being cheated on.
But he and his fans are definitely not alone. In China, hypocrisy always goes hand in hand with corruption. Being a Chinese, you will feel “cheated on” quite frequently throughout your life by your officials. Taking a look at the several hundreds of officials sacked due to corruption this year, most of them, too, had their own “words of wisdom.”
Su Rong, China’s top politician who worked as the vice-chairman of the country’s parliamentary advisory body and is now investigated for corruption, once said: “Certain officials have neglected their work, tried to benefit from their posts and asked for bribes. They have absolutely no dignity, doing whatever they are asked to by those who feed them bribes.”
Wan Qingliang, Guangzhou Party chief who has been sacked due to corruption and violation of Party disciplines, said in a Party conference 5 months before his detention that he’d be a “role model of abiding to Party disciplines and regulations”, and “welcomed supervision.”
Yao Mugen, deputy governor of Jiangxi province who is now under investigation for corruption, once argued that the right way to be a Party member is to “consistently put oneself under microscope to look for room for improvement,” and most importantly, to “practice what one preaches.”
It’s no wonder that netizens call Chinese government officials the most Oscar-worthy actors and actresses. As one netizen 是什么神归什么位 commented: “These officials speak nothing but lies.” “The louder they bark about being clean, the more corrupt they are.” Another netizen 金秋的猕猴 commented.
The silver lining is: Thanks to these hypocrites, the Chinese people are probably the most skeptical about what they hear from their politicians – they need to see actions.