Speaking of Sochi, Taiwan might not be taking any medals home from the Winter Olympics, but at least they’ve got some attention. The Wall Street Journal has this fun article on how ridiculously dressed Team Chinese Taipei was.
Social media has been awash with locals prattling on about how “ugly” Taiwan’s competitors look and the shamefully they’ve represented the nation.
Come again? They’ve represented Taiwanese with an incredible degree of accuracy: The lot of em look like they’ve just stepped off their scooters on a rainy day to grab a Super Supau at the local 711. Spot on.
The best part of the article is the po-faced ‘each to their own’ comment from Taiwan’s Olympic Secretary General:
Chen Kuo-yi, secretary general of the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, said the opinions would be taken into account,Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported. “Views on fashion designs vary from person to person,” CNA quoted him as saying.
While not quite the usual knee-jerk defensiveness, it’s typical for its failure to get the joke. Take the opinions into account, indeed … What a plum.