Last Friday I went home four hours earlier to watch the 29th Olympic opening ceremony live on ARD ( the main German TV channel. It is publicly funded ).
I cried from the beginning to the end while I was watching the ceremony. The selfless contribution of tens of thousands actors and volunteers touched me deeply, the diligence, the strong will and the strong vitality of our people touched me deeply, the splendid culture of my motherland touched me deeply. I love the kind, diligent, and strong-willed Chinese people, I love my beautiful motherland, even though I hear the critiques, even vilification to Chinese government from the German national media ( publicly funded!!! ) day to day, I do not hate the government of my motherland at all, I firmly believe they are aware of the problems and doing everything they can to lead our country to a better future. Nobody is perfect, no government is perfect. Historical mistakes were already made, condemning the Chinese government at any given minute could not change what had happened in the past. Most Chinese people are practical and forward-looking with good and strong wills, thus most Chinese people are not against the government. Normally, I do not like to talk about politics in my blog. But I’ve had enough from what I’ve heard about China from the German media recently. My sense of morality urged me not to keep silent anymore. I cannot keep silent in front of the systematic nasty vilification and incitement of Sandra Maischberger.
ARD’s live program of the 29th Olympic was commented by Sandra Maischberger and Ralf Scholt. The gentleman Ralf Scholt did a good job, thank you very much! Sandra Maischberger is impossible. When I get time I’d like to dictate what she had said during the opening ceremony and translate it into English, so the whole world can see how impossible this woman is. It does not matter what she says about China and Chinese people at home or on her personal website, but it is too extremely bad if she malign the Chinese people in a national media ( publicly funded!!! ). In USA, if she dared to comment about China that way in public, I’m pretty sure she would be sued. China-born lawyers in USA pay attention please, get ready to sue her when she enters your state in USA next time. The link below is an article criticizing Maischberger’s comment written by a German:
I know this woman was very narrow-minded, ignorant on Chinese issues and jealous of China’s fast development in the past decades. So, her coldness and indifference to the happiness of the athletes and people from the whole world in the bird nest station was no surprise. What I did not expect was her very nasty insinuations even of the innocent children. (lawyers, sue her please!)
What she has said during the ceremony will be given later (I was too busy watching the sport events this weekend). Basically, the only thing she had expected during the ceremony was protest against the Chinese government and attack to the ceremony. She articulated her disappointment in the program again and again when these things did not happen. Her voice was the coldest in the world during the ceremony. She was bored when no attacker and no protester showed up. When the athletes of Poland entered, she said “Pay attention, this team might be the only one which could protest (against the Chinese government).” But what appeared on the screen were the cheerful and friendly faces of the Polish athletes. Her voice appeared very low. I interpret it as her disappointment. Again, whatever she personally think China is: a devil, a criminal, an idiot, a shit, whatever, does not matter. What I’m so angry about is that she kept making propaganda of her nasty prejudice and narrow mind on a publicly funded national channel. I do not like her attitude toward China. I do not like her unprofessionalism. I do not like her incompetence. As a funder of the ARD channel, I protest against what Sandra Maischberger had said during the ceremony. I do not want to pay Sandra Maischberger for what she had said. Fire Sandra Maischberger! ARD, do you hear what a funder say?
She made me so angry during the ceremony. I wondered whether all western medias showed their prejudice publicly during the ceremony, so I checked out websites such as BBC, CNN, NBC, wsj.com, ft.com, etc during and after ceremony. No. Among the major media that I had checked out, nobody else said anything that was remotely like what Maischberger had said.
Seriously, Maischbergers needs a psychologist to fix her extremely narrow mind and a lawyer to teach her what is appropriate in a publicly funded media and what is not.
At the end of the ceremony, Maischberger said “eine gigantische Propaganda-Show (a gigantic propaganda show)” in a very cold voice. From the beginning to the end, she showed no slightest appreciation or respect to the hard work of the organizers and actors, be it Chinese or non-Chinese (many foreign organizers from IOC worked very hard during the preparation too). Propaganda? Of course. This world does need propaganda of the mutual efforts for harmony between nature and people, harmony between people and people, harmony between nation and nation, harmony between different cultures. This world does need propaganda of love to the earth, the planet we live on. I for one, appreciate all people’s hard work and beautiful propaganda, in tears. Thank you, the diligent, strong-willed and creative Chinese people, I love you all. May your kindness and effort reach the hearts of many people. May people’s nice wishes come true.
After the ceremony, I also watched the Harald Schmidt’s comments and program. He praised the ceremony passionately and generously. That made me very happy. Thank you Harry, you never failed to make me happy! You also showed me not everybody working for German Media is as narrow-minded and sour as Sandra Maischberger, that really gives me hope.