Score another victory for citizen journalism.
LiveLeak.com, a sort of racist love child of YouTube and WikiLeaks, is the first brave news outlet to publish shocking footage of a mid-air brawl on a flight departing Thailand.
This is the stuff you don’t hear about in the establishment’s New York Times, and any microblog references on Weibo are sure to be harmonized.
Without the totally accurate subtitles, we would have thought the fight started over which guy’s girlfriend looked hotter cosplaying as a Thai uni student. But the exchange brings to light at a much greater truth about the growing rifts in Chinese society: a festering debate over cultural icons.
Syver Lauritzsen, the man-with-the-cam who made these revelations possible, had this to say:
“So I was flying home to Beijing from Bangkok with Thai Airways when these guys started fighting on the plane. I quickly whipped out my iPhone and started shooting. Having lived in Beijing for a whole six months, I used my Chinese skills to add accurate subtitles, unlike the Google translated crap that usually gets posted with these videos.”
For your uncompromising commitment to the truth, we salute you, sir. Even if that doesn’t look anything like Thai Airways.