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After Police Detention for National Anthem Disrespect, Chinese Online Star Admits She 'Hurt Your Feelings'

Under Chinese law, disrespecting the national anthem is punishable by up to 15 days in jail.

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You can go to jail in China if you show "disrespect" for the national anthem. One social media star just found that out the hard way—and then felt compelled to contritely confess to hurting people's feelings.

Yang Kaili, 20, has tens of millions of followers across various social platforms. On October 7, she appeared on the Chinese livestreaming platform Huya, where a 10-second segment got her in trouble. In it, she waves her arms in a flailing manner and sings along badly to the start of Chinese national anthem, "The March of the Volunteers":

Thanks to a "National Anthem Law" introduced in China last October, people who "disrespect" the song can be held in jail for up to 15 days. Yang wasn't detained for that long, but Shanghai police did say they had placed her in "administrative detention" for five days, according to CNN.

"The national anthem is an embodiment and symbol of our country, and all citizens and organizations should respect and defend the honor of the anthem," police said in a statement posted to social media. "Live-streaming webcast is not lawless territory and users should obey the law and uphold moral standards. The police will resolutely crack down on such behaviors that challenge the legal bottom line or public order and good social morals, in order to purify the Internet's public sphere."

Yang later expressed her contrition on Weibo, a Chinese social platform similar to Twitter. Calling her actions a "stupid mistake," she apologized "to the motherland, to the fans, to web users, and to the platform."

"What I did has hurt your feelings," she said.

Her apology apparently wasn't enough for Huya, which has banned her from the platform. That might not end up mattering, though, as Yang also promised to "stop all live broadcasting work."

Alleged disrespect for the national anthem is a much more serious offense in China than in the U.S. Football players who kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" may draw the ire of the outrage mob and the president, but at least they don't face legal consequences. Hypernationalism is always obnoxious, but it's worse when it can send you to jail.

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  1. Thanks to a “National Anthem Law” introduced in China last October, people who “disrespect” the song can be held in jail for up to 15 days.

    Hitlery Kkklinton co-sponsors legislation to jail flag-burners

    Yet Cato’s Alex Nowrasteh (and trusty parrot Robby Soave) says “Patriotic Correctness is the province of the “right”.

    1. “Patriotic Correctness is the province of the “right”.

      Hillary Clinton is a fascist in the real sense of the word.

    2. China runs legit concentration camps for Muslim minorities and censors its internet with the willing cooperation of Google. A law banning disrespect toward the national anthem (a law that also exists in Mexico and other countries) is probably the least shocking, and more humane, thing I’ve ever heard about the Chinese government.

      1. “Fifteen days in jail” sounds almost liberal in comparison to “forced abortions” and “re-education camps”.

        1. “Fifteen days in jail” sounds almost liberal in comparison to “forced abortions” and “re-education camps”.

          I get the impression that ‘Fifteen days in Chinese jail’ isn’t the same as ‘Fifteen days in American jail’. At least there are plenty of people who spend less than fifteen days in an American jail and come out far less ‘reformed’ than this.

        2. It’s okay for you to just criticize China for being an authoritarian hellhole, you know.

      2. Concentration camps for Muslims, you say? No true American would be for such a thing.

        And Trump supporters would never be in favor of jail for disrespecting the national anthem of China.

        1. Even when we talk about the authoritarian Chinese state, it still comes back to Trump.

          1. “Che killed gays and a whole bunch of dissenters”

            “Murder, eh, well Rick Santorum said horrible things about gay people, so how is this any different?”

            ^ Not a smart take

          2. Even when we talk about the authoritarian Chinese state, it still comes back to Trump.

            …because “disrespect for the national anthem” is the topic…

            Fuck, man. Don’t get TDSDS.

        2. Concentration Camp is an interesting phrase, it can refer to anything from a hurricane shelter in a high school gymnasium to Belsen. Which end of the spectrum are Chinas?

          1. http://www.thinkprogress.org/we-need-…..f34c55cdc/

            Never ceases to amaze me how much people don’t want to believe that China is no different than it was during Tienanmen Square

            1. Socialists have found that China might be able to cause America’s downfall, so China must be supported.

  2. Coming soon to an internet near you.

  3. Alleged disrespect for the national anthem is a much more serious offense in China than in the U.S. Football players who kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” may draw the ire of the outrage mob and the president, but at least they don’t face legal consequences. Hypernationalism is always obnoxious, but it’s worse when it can send you to jail.

    Way to tie this into American public opinion that does not exist.

    China is a Communist regime. This is what we have been trading with for decades.

    1. Football players who kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” may draw the ire of the outrage mob and the president a yawn and cry of “who cares?” from pretty much everyone except the screeching press,

      FTFY

    2. Being from Tibet and playing soccer is problematic too.

      Last year, the Durham University students’ union organized a debate on whether China was a threat to the West. Tom Harwood, then president of the union, said the school’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association complained about the topic and pressed him to drop one of the speakers, Anastasia Lin, a former Miss World Canada. Lin is also a human rights activist and a practitioner of Falun Gong, a spiritual meditation group banned by the Chinese government.

      A Chinese Embassy official in London allegedly urged the Durham University students’ union to drop Anastasia Lin, a former Miss World Canada and a human rights activist, from a debate on whether China is a threat to the West.

      “Actually, it got to the point where the [Chinese] embassy phoned up our office and started questioning us a lot about the debate, asking if we could not invite Anastasia Lin,” Harwood recalled. “It even got to the point where one of the officials at the embassy suggested that if this debate went ahead, the U.K. might get less favorable trade terms after Brexit.”

      1. Dang, blockquote fail.

        1. That’s alright. Intersting story.

  4. “The March of the Volunteers”

    Is that irony? I can never tell.

    1. Voluntarily march your ass to jail!

    2. The Sanction of the Victim

    3. There have been spontaneous demonstrations of Party workers voicing their gratitude and joy.

  5. I wonder if China dropped her citizen rating to the point where she couldn’t get a decent hotel room, or restricted the amount of time she could be online? That would make her apologize.

  6. More thought crimes here:

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018
    /oct/15/alleged-neo-nazi-posed-kkk-outfit-
    holding-baby-court-told-national-action

  7. >>>You can go to jail in China if you

    are.

  8. No Chinese jokes? WTF?

    1. Not much material to work with on the subject. I could chuck in a “ME RIKEY FLIED LICE” if it’ll make you feel better.

    2. girl comes home late from a date w/rice in her hair …

    3. Just wait an hour, she’ll be mocking the National Anthem again.

      I’m also pretty sure that, at this point, she could come here and legitimately take Yakov Smirnoff’s whole routine.

      1. Yakov wouldn’t mind. He’s done alright for himself and has a show in Branson.

    4. If you read the details, the official complaint about disrespecting the National Anthem is that she wasn’t screeching atonally enough.

    5. More Chins than a Chinese phonebook.

  9. China is awful, but sometimes you can watch a 30-second clip in a foreign language and still be able to tell the person shown is an idiot. And, lord, that Elmer Fudd laugh. “Hallo, hallo, hallo! Heh-heh-heh. Hallo, hallo! Heh-heh-heh.”

  10. The lyrics for “March of the Volunteers”

    Original:

    Arise, ye who refuse to be slaves!
    With our flesh and blood, let us build a new Great Wall!
    As China faces its greatest peril
    From each one the urgent call to action comes forth.
    Arise! Arise! Arise!
    Millions of but one heart
    Braving the enemies’ fire! March on!
    Braving the enemies’ fire! March on!
    March on! March, march on!

    Mao’s version:

    March on! Heroes of every nationality!
    The great Communist Party leads us in continuing the Long March!
    Millions with but one heart toward a communist tomorrow
    Bravely struggle to develop and protect the motherland.
    March on! March on, March on!
    We will for many generations
    Raise high Mao Zedong’s banner! March on!
    Raise high Mao Zedong’s banner! March on!
    March on! March on! On!

    1. The entire country is ironic, but in a horrible yet cutesy way, and people still seriously ask me if Chinese People have a sense of humor…

      1. If you doubt it, try your Coke.

        1. Try a sip, you’ll see how much of a sense of humor they have…

          Is that joke too racist or too old?

  11. And it only took five days in the reeducation camp for her to realize the error of her ways…

    1. Efficient!

  12. All I know is the vids of ugly Chinese girls putting on makeup and becoming beautiful are scary as hell.

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