Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Chinese reporter's eye roll goes viral

Chinese reporter's eye roll goes viral

It was the eye roll that resonated with millions - and broke the internet in China. Previously, the most trending topics for the political event included wonderful Chinese translators, amazingly fluent Chinese-speaking foreign reporters, and advanced technology such as virtual reality and 3D cameras used by reporters to cover the event. Liang Xiangyi of Yicai Media, a financial news service, hit headlines Tuesday, March 13, when she was seen rolling her eyes during a press conference at the annual meeting of China's National People's Congress.

Jeremy Paxman it certainly was not - but then Beijing-friendly reporters such as Zhang are often tasked with lobbing softball questions at leaders in a bid to convince the Chinese public and the world that they are watching transparency in action. As Zhang Huijun went on and on for almost 40 seconds, Liang Xiangyi didn't hide how unimpressed she was, as she dramatically rolled her eyes and looked away with disgust.

Chinese netizens across the country hailed Liang's honesty, with many saying the moment represented a collective national eye roll over the scripted news coverage of the rubber-stamp NPC.

It was a rare puncturing of the artifice surrounding the widely watched, intentionally boring National People's Congress.

A vote Sunday abolished rules limiting heads of state to 10 years in power, setting President Xi Jinping on a course to potentially rule the country for life.

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By Tuesday afternoon, when Communist party censors stepped in, the reporter's name had become one of the most searched for terms on China's answer to Twitter, Weibo. On Taobao, the freewheeling online marketplace, vendors began selling T-shirts and cellphone cases bearing her image. In one video, three men recreated the incident with a deadpan expression. On Liang's Weibo account which quickly soared to 100,000 followers and kept climbing, supporters flooded her with jokes and comments of support.

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The journalist dressed in red, identified as Zhang Huijun from American Multimedia Television (AMTV), asked a long-winding question, laced with praise for government's initiatives.

A reporter's name is now the most censored term on Chinese social media after she rolled her eyes at a question posed by another journalist at a highly-controlled press conference with top leaders and delegates.

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