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Liang Xiangyi's Eye-Roll Goes Viral, Is Censored in China

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This picture taken on April 16, 2014, shows a man walking into an office of Sina Weibo, widely known as China's version of Twitter, in Beijing. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 13 Mar 2018 03:11 PM

Chinese reporter Liang Xiangyi's eye-roll during another reporter's question at the National People's Congress meeting went viral, and Chinese state-controlled media responded by censoring videos of the occurrence.

The eye-rolling occurred on Tuesday during a long-winded question by American reporter Zhang Huijun from American Multimedia TV about how China could protect their assets abroad, the BBC reported. The eye-rolling was thought to be because of the softball, sycophantic nature of the question.

The eye-roll resonated with many in China, who shared the video on social media and even made their own videos and GIFs imitating the scene. Within just a few hours, the reporter's name was trending on Sina Weibo, which is China's version of Twitter, The Washington Post reported.

China's censors were apparently not thrilled with the videos, however, and freeweibo.com reports that searches for Liang Xiangyi were blocked on the social media site, the Post reported.

When a colleague told Liang Xiangyi in a Yichai chat group that her eye-roll was going viral, she replied, "Because the person next to me was being an idiot," according to the WhatsOnWeibo blog. The chat was apparently leaked online.

The blog also said that it is customary to keep questions brief during the National People's Congress. Some in Chinese media spoke negatively about both women.

Dai Bin from the Guangzhou Daily said, "This is a serious occasion, and people have to pay attention to the time they use asking a question—after all, it's the National People's Congress. As for the woman who rolls her eyes, perhaps she is forgetting that she is being filmed, and forgot about her manners. May this be a lesson for her," WhatsOnWeibo reported.

The moment brought interest and excitement to the two-week Congress, which is typically very serious and dull in many citizens' minds, WhatsOnWeibo reported.

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