Thursday, November 29, 2012

China Frowns on Final Destination Joke












Photograph: Carlos Barria/REUTERS

Chinese internet users are rallying around a Beijing blogger detained by police after posting a joke on Twitter about the paramount Communist Party congress.

Zhai Xiaobing's tweet on November 05 suggested that the next "movie" in the "Final Destination" horror franchise would be about the Great Hall of the People (pictured above) collapsing on party delegates.

He had tweeted: "An earthshaking debut will be seen at the global premiere on Nov 8!" The congress began on November 08, 2012.

Family members had said that Miyun county police had taken Zhai away on November 07 and seized his computer. A Miyun county police officer who would only give his surname, Sun, confirmed that Zhai was being investigated for "spreading terrorist information". The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment.

Groan! The allegation is certainly silly, if not absurd. Obviously, China authorities have absolutely no sense of humor at all.

Note: For those of you who are not familiar with this horror movie franchise, Final Destination – please note that there are no fanged monsters, killer beasts, vengeful spirits or even the stereotypical slashers. It is about the Grim Reaper who manipulates the environment in deadly ways with the single-minded intent of "recapturing" those who somehow manage (usually through warning premonitions) to escape their fates the first time. Death is inescapable in the Final Destination universe. Check out the stills from the said movies below:


















Also on Tuesday, SUBS students had their MKT2074 Marketing Research presentations and Jessica Ho and I banded together with their lecturer, Derek Ong to judge their works. One of the groups' client, Timo represented by Irrine Goh from BioFact Life Sdn Bhd, was also present.







     






     


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