Skip to comments.White House claims anti-American propaganda tune not an insult to America
Posted on 01/24/2011 11:14:41 PM PST by FredJake
When is an insult not an insult?
Last Wednesday, Chinese pianist Lang Lang played a Chinese tune that has been used as part of anti-American propaganda for years by the Communist Chinese.
But according to ABC News, the White House denied the song was an insult to America. Spokesman Tommy Vietor said that:
"...any suggestion that this was an insult to the United States is just flat wrong. As Lang Lang has stated before, he plays this song regularly because it is one of his favorite Chinese melodies, which is very widely known and popular in China for its melody. Lang Lang played the song without lyrics or reference to any political themes during the entertainment portion of the State Dinner. He simply stated the songs title and noted it was well known in China.
Well known in China, primarily because it is a song celebrating a communist military victory over the United States.
As reported by the Epoch Times, many in China understood the song was intended as an insult to America, and expressed those very beliefs in various online sites.
According to a Wall Street Journal blog, Lang explained, "I selected this song because it has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. It was selected for no other reason but for the beauty of its melody.
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They are laughing their butts off about this. We don’t even know when we are being insulted.
“Chop Sticks” It’s probably the only tune the poor bastard can play.
Other than returning the favor one day I don’t think we can do much, having to be diplomatic and all. Maybe make a smart @ss remark about the Korean war but that’s about it.
Move along, move along. It’s just an old Chinese drinking song. Nothing to see here so move along.
Well, I did say the other day that we should have let Japan run rampant for a few more years in China before we gave the Chinese any help.
0bama is dumber than a stop sign on a hiking trail.
What about the anti-American propaganda that spews from the Obamas?
They probably demanded that it be played..
The most evil anti-American communist ever to set foot in our White House is preparing to deliver the SOTU message to what used to be the greatest beacon for freedom in the world, and some people are worried about the choice of music? Silly story. The person Lang Lang played for is the meaningful insult; the content of the performance is trivial in comparison.
also from the link:
On his blog, Lang Lang gushed about his black-tie evening at the White House in the company of Hu and President Barack Obama. He played the piece solo after a piano four-hands with US jazz legend Herbie Hancock.
He wrote that playing “My Motherland” in front of so many dignitaries “seemed like I was telling them about the power of China and the unity of the Chinese”.
“I felt deeply honoured and proud,” he said, without revealing any awareness that his choice might have been a political snub to his US hosts.
Maybe we can talk him into a rousing ‘Dixie’.
It’s just a song.