"What I wanted to stress was not the ruling class, but the horses, the sheep and the chickens, the animals that represent the masses and their attitudes. I wanted to criticize them for being selfish, indifferent, ignorant, fatuous and lazy."
So says Shang Chengjun, the 30-year-old director of a big Beijing production of George Orwell's allegory about totalitarianism.
You really do get the government you deserve, I guess. Especially in a dictatorship. Just ask that fatuous and lazy guy standing in front of the tanks in Tiananmen Square.