Neo-Red Guards and Social Extremists
China is probably the first country in the world to develop a nationwide platform as social media where in theory everyone could express his view publically.
It is known as Big Character Post (大字报).
Red Guards and Big Character Posts in Pre-internet Age
The Big Character Posts are usually handwritten with brush and stuck on a wall or freestanding viewing panels. This form of social media reached its climax during the time between the mid-60s and the early-80s throughout the Cultural Revolution period, and was brought to every corner in China by the Red Guards from Beijing, the most self-righteous and militant among all Red Guards. And Deng Xiaoping’s three daughters are part of the leaders of this extremist social group (photo 4) who imposed the political correctness of that era on the nation.
While the Big Character Posts nurtured a grassroots democracy, it was also a hotbed for spreading groundless rumours, amounting malicious personal attacks and provoking conflicts between groups and individuals.
In a sarcastic turn of events, the three daughters’ father (Deng Xiaoping) became one of the biggest victims of the Big Posts. And posting Big Character Post in public was eventually declared illegal by him in the early 80s when he was criticized for his leadership style and some of his policies.
Social Extremists and Social Media Today
However, 20 years later, it made a comeback, albeit no longer in the form of big character but small font and no longer using paper but electronic devices.
Once again, the social media spreads to every corner of China, so are both its positive and negative effects on Chinese people’s daily lives.
Here is the latest instance concerning the misuse of this double edged sword in China:
Neo Red Guards: Radical Feminists and Social Extremists
There is a Chinese actor studying in Japan and fallen in love with a Japanese woman. The woman now accused her boyfriend of domestic violence and Japanese police arrested the man.
The local media promptly conducted a TV interview in which the woman was offered an opportunity to give her one-sided story, describing how her boyfriend physically abused her.
It is curious to know if Japan actually has a totally different legal system from most modern countries in the world, otherwise, this should be considered as a media trial and a blatant interference with the judicial procedure.
Shortly after the interview was aired, the evidences that include the lawyer’s statement and photos surfaced, showing the woman has fabricated quite a few crucial details. For instance, she appeared on the TV with a badly bruised face and neck, yet photos posted online after the day of the alleged bash and before she conducted the interview show no sign of bruises, and moreover, she was seen happily engaging social occasions with her boyfriend.
Based on some further evidences and her own admission, some suggest that she and those behind her might have deliveteraly set up a trap for the purpose of money extortion.
Yet, when the man’s friends in China expressed their wish to know what exactly happened between the two, they have received nasty personal abuses and confronted with brutal smear campaigns from some radical Chinese feminists.
To them, what really happened between the couple is irrelevant – they just want the man to be punished with a long jail sentence as they believe women are forever victims no matter what they do to men. As for the man’s friends, they have no right to demand any fair trial otherwise they must be sexists with no respect for women.
However, earlier when a Chinese female actress proudly announced she had bashed up her husband because he conducted an extra marital affairs, she was cheered on by the same group of female radicalists.
Clearly these people are not really seeking gender equality but female dominance over male in social and family lives – they are pushing for achieving another kind of gender inequality.
Ironically, they are often the women most mean to other women, such as their female colleagues and, particularly, their mother-in-laws and vulgarly label the men who maintain a close relationship with their mother as Mommy’s Boy.
Since the 1950s, China’s practice in gender equality was ahead of the rest of the world with females encouraged to take the jobs traditionally done by men and received the same pay rate as their male counterparts.
By then an emotionally selfish and mentally violent radicalised feminist movement had not yet spread to China from the West thus the gender relationship was rather healthy in which men warmly welcomed women to catch up and women sincerely appreciate men’s support.
It is regrettable to see today this movement has been badly corrupted by a package of political correctness which dominates and poisons today’s world. And a ferocious and hypocritical Hillary Clinton is one of the major promoters of this wicked package during her visits to China.
The same goes with ethnic relations.
Those social extremists who tend to impose political correctness according to their standards are as dangerous as religious extremists, as they both prohibit people from maintaining their common touch and common sense and thinking and acting independently when the best interest of an individual or a community is concerned.