Speaking of sex, how is this for stupid?

This was from several days ago, not sure how I missed it. Still worth a mention.

I was amazed when I saw this because if it’s true there are some awfully dumb Chinese officials and high school teachers (!) out there. If they want to participate in an orgy, don’t they know better than to take pictures of themselves? Unsurprisingly, this went super-viral on Weibo after an unknown party uploaded the photos.

Prominent politicians in China have been accused of participating in a sex orgy, after dozens of photos appeared on a microblogging site earlier this month featuring three naked men and two naked women in a hotel room.

The pictures, which were featured on Sina Weibo appear to show the Party secretary of Lujiang county in Anhui Province, Wang Minsheng, his deputy, Jiang Dabin, and the party’s youth leader at Hefei University, Wang Yu. Over 100 photos were uploaded by an unknown user.

The high-ranking Chinese officials are shown engaging in a hotel “sex party,” according to the (UK) Telegraph.

There’s a lesson here somewhere. In certain situations, all cameras need to be checked at the door.

Update: The New Yorker chimes in.

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Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.

The Discussion: 21 Comments

I … hope the person behind the camera was a woman? Otherwise your street cred just hit the floor.

Seriously though, -10 points for three guys being pictured with two girls. Too many plugs and not enough sockets.

August 16, 2012 @ 8:16 am | Comment

Literally asking for it!

August 16, 2012 @ 8:32 am | Comment

It’s nice to see that Chinese politicians are just as stupid about sex and cameras as American ones are! :D

August 16, 2012 @ 8:37 am | Comment

Which American pols are you talking about, Anthony Wiener? There was also that idiotic congressman who posted his picture (only half-naked) on Craigslist. Those are all that come to mind. But those are hardly comparable to taking photos of a naked orgy.

August 16, 2012 @ 8:49 am | Comment

@Richard

I was kind of half joking there. Yeah I can’t think of anything quite on that level, but you can adjust for this by the fact that Chiense pols probably think they can control the flow of information much better than American ones think they can.

August 16, 2012 @ 8:57 am | Comment

http://www.china.org.cn/china/2012-08/15/content_26238139.htm

“Nice to see China still has high moral requirements of its teachers.Something the USA for sure does not have. Great to live here in China after I retired from the USA as a teacher for 38 years. Great to not see public kissing or sex acts. Thanks to China for enforcing moral codes. Sex should be kept private between husband and wife.”

Doesn’t matter what happens in China, there’s always the US that is worse (and comments always written by people who don’t want to live in China, oddly enough ;-) )

August 16, 2012 @ 10:46 am | Comment

Except for the guy above…re wanting to live outside China. I wonder if Dave really is living in China now….or if he’s also decided he’s had enough… ;-)

August 16, 2012 @ 10:48 am | Comment

Wow.

August 16, 2012 @ 11:13 am | Comment

Was this the one that the Chinese government belatedly said was a fake? Not saying I necessarily believe them, but it would be ironic if officials were victims of a hoax, given the fake pictures made for the media to show officials doing their jobs.

August 16, 2012 @ 3:12 pm | Comment

Was wondering about the hoax question, too. But in that case, the CCP would owe these members a good deal of support, rather than ousting them (as they have reportedly done). Individuals in China can’t depend on the rule of law, but I doubt that the CCP can simply abandon members these days because of a hoax that becomes viral.

Anyway, this wouldn’t have happened to Chairman Mao.

August 16, 2012 @ 5:24 pm | Comment

@Richard. You are playing to the Episcopalian crowd here, and I am sure you don’t feel too comfortable with that.

Clicks I know, but really this is not even worth a gnat on the windscreen mirror.

August 16, 2012 @ 5:59 pm | Comment

@King Tubby, I’m not sure what you mean by ‘Episcopalian’, but I think I get your drift. I partly agree with you. You get sleazy/stupid politicians everywhere, but maybe this story is worth noting because they have been especially stupid and because of the interest of the Chinese public.

August 16, 2012 @ 9:48 pm | Comment

KT, this story is all over the international media. I wasn’t looking for clicks at all; it just struck me as a great story of how officials can lose sight of what the Internet can do to their careers.

I hadn’t heard it was a fake; if it is I’ll add an update to the post. Many, many, many media will have to do the same.

August 16, 2012 @ 11:00 pm | Comment

Get caught with your pants down (literally), then say it was a fake/joke/hoax? That seems a bit much. But with the CCP, i guess they hope that people will believe it if they say it enough times. It’s a policy that’s worked for them before.

August 17, 2012 @ 12:13 am | Comment

It’s a policy that’s worked for them before.

That only works when people want to believe it.

August 17, 2012 @ 8:04 am | Comment

@Richard. In retrospect, my comment was uncalled for.

There are Sino media speculations that the photo just coincidentally turned up during the Bogu trial.

http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/evanosnos/2012/08/the-politics-of-a-chinese-orgy.html

I don’t like the way The New Yorker cropped the photo.

All those v signs. These folk can’t be the sharpest tools in the shed.

And in the world of totally debased media, you get body double silliness like this.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/impostor-claims-in-chinese-trial-20120816-24b98.html

August 18, 2012 @ 6:24 am | Comment

Are these those naked officials I’ve been hearing so much about?

August 18, 2012 @ 8:49 pm | Comment

I wonder if the women were sharking, which is old British slang for tempting a politician that you don’t like into positions where compromising photos can be taken.

August 21, 2012 @ 8:54 pm | Comment

lol as a rather funny follow-up to this (and to Richard’s book), one of my friends in Beijing admitted that whenever he picks up a ladyfriend now, he pretends like he has a fetish for screwing a ski mask, just so that no one can take his picture.

August 22, 2012 @ 12:18 am | Comment

EDIT: should read “screwing with a ski mask on”, not “screwing a ski mask”.

Although if someone was doing that, it would be pretty funny, have to admit

August 22, 2012 @ 6:28 am | Comment

Please don’t cited weibo as source next time. It is false story.

August 23, 2012 @ 1:18 am | Comment

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