This is what some Beijingers got up to on Sunday at the Olympic Forest Park in the north of the city – the third annual “Underwear Jog”.
It’s not just the women golfers who have been affected by Beijing’s lovely air this week. The China Open tennis reaches its conclusion today, and while the top players are too media savvy to say anything negative about the pollution in the Chinese capital, Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt has been more forthcoming:
So now I am in Beijing again. The city that cuts of days from your life every time you visit and breathe what they call air here. It’s a joke how smoggy it is here! I wonder what illnesses people will have here in about 20 years.
And a few days later:
Rutgers fired basketball coach Mike Rice recently after video surfaced of him abusing his students at practice. This is every bit as bad, worse if you consider that these students are 13/14-year old girls. They get repeatedly hit, kicked, whipped, smacked and verbally abused by their teacher. Check out the look at 1:04 when one girl turns to check on another who has just been beaten. Source is unknown, but video is clearly taken on at least two separate occasions, so this cannot be dismissed as a one-off event. [UPDATE: According to Chinese media (via Beijing Cream) the video was originally uploaded to an international video-sharing website last November, and then was recently posted on Chinese video site Youku by user 比利时巧克力2. The Youku version now has
1.9 2.2 2.7 million views and has drawn more than 37,000 39,000 41,000 comments. UPDATE 2: As the Huffington Post notes, the copy of this I uploaded to Youtube has been deleted – even though the very similar Mike Rice abuse video (here, and many other places) continues to rack up the hits – so I’m now linking to another copy of the video].