Throw Up the Deuce


Li Na Ignites a Blogoshpere Firestorm

In China, that is. During her semifinal match against Dinara Safina she yelled “Shut up” to the crowd in English. The Chinese saw the incident, now called “Shut-up Gate”, as an attempt to distance herself from her Chinese identity. A firestorm ensued in the Chinese blogosphere.

“Can’t she just speak Chinese? She thinks she’s so Westernized just because she plays a bourgeois sport,” One blog was quoted.

“You can’t expect everyone to understand the rules of watching a tennis game, What we can do as Chinese is  to cheer as much as we can whenever we see our players competing. What’s wrong with that?” Another blog was quoted.


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