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Mar 14, 2018

A Chinese reporter’s frustrated eye roll goes viral in China and is censored

Chinese reporter Liang Xiangyi eye-rolled during another reporter’s long-winded question at the National People’s Congress yesterday and the moment has gone viral. Many Chinese residents have created dozens of videos, GIFs, memes, and illustrations inspired by the scene, having identified with Liang’s frustration. (Since Liang dressed in blue and the other reporter dressed in red, the moment has also birthed blue and red memes.)

Chinese state-run media has responded by censoring the videos of the incident. Internet censors have also blocked searches for Liang Xiangyi’s name. It’s an unusual moment, considering the Congress is typically dry and uneventful.

During the National People’s Congress last night (Tuesday morning in Beijing time),...

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