Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Tsai Bashing Backfires

Taiwan's Tsai Ing-wen (centre) on inauguration day last Friday
The mainland really has problems accepting Tsai Ing-wen as the new president of Taiwan.

Less than a week after she took office, Wang Weixing, a member of the Association of Relations across the Taiwan Straits (Arats), were published in the International Herald Leader, a paper under Xinhua news agency.

"From the human point of view, as a single woman politician, [Tsai] does not have the emotional burden of love, of 'family', of children, [so her] political style and executive strategy tends to be emotional, personal and extreme," Wang said, who is also a senior military officer and director of foreign studies with the People's Liberation Army's Academy of Military Sciences.

He also added her "erratic behaviour" influenced her political style.

Tsai's office had no comment on the article.

The new Taiwanese president has a penchant for felines
The opinion is so baseless that one wonders how Wang could even be qualified to write something as sexist and misogynist as this.

She won a clear victory at the polls, so there must be a reason why the Taiwanese chose her over other candidates.

And having a leader who is single is a good thing.

That shows he or she is focused on his or her job, that family issues will not be getting in the way or a distraction from leading Taiwan.

Wouldn't you want a leader who was mostly focused on the best interests of your country/state/city/province?

If anything, Wang's opinion is so inane and ridiculous that his own countrymen bashed him on social media for his ignorance.

One Weibo user in Beijing wrote: "This was the stupidest and most offensive thing I have read in ages. Many women abroad admire Ms Tsai's tenacity and drive, especially the fact she is strong and independent and does not need a man to rule."

"If the tables were turned and Ms Tsai was a man, she would be celebrated for being single," said another. "This is typical discriminatory behaviour but it still disgusts me."

Perhaps the best response was from Su Mei Cho, a teacher from Shanghai: "If Xinhua wanted to criticize Tsai Ing-wen, do it on fair grounds and look at her ability to lead Taiwan and revitalize areas like defense and the economy.

"What does her private life have to do with the way she governs Taiwan? Taiwanese celebrate her and her strong achievements and I doubt they will care as much about who she decides to date, such trivial writing and opinions expressed in this report."

We expect Wang to metaphorically have egg on his face and he should better rethink his strategy on how to better bash Tsai on more weightier issues than her sex.

It is, after all, 2016.

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