A Canadian-born athlete on Team China wasn't "allowed" to speak English to the media at the Olympics, probably because China is a communist dictatorship that suppresses Western thoughts, behavior, and even language (or something like that).
This is Kimberly Newell, a Canadian-born hockey goalie who revealed she was "not allowed to speak English" to the media in Beijing:
Well, that's what her interpreter said at least... because I did not understand what she was saying (because you know... she's banned from speaking English)!
The 26-year-old goalie, who is going by the name Jiaying Zhou while playing for Team China for obvious China-friendly reasons, answered questions in Mandarin before a reporter dared ask if she'd take questions in English.
As if it were that simple...
"She's not allowed to speak English," her interpreter said on Sunday, according to Reuters. "I'll try to translate for her."
This is despite the fact that Newell speaks perfect English. She is from Vancouver after all.
Barely anyone is watching the Winter Olympics in Beijing right now.
And maybe hosting them in Beijing is part of the problem.
All I have noticed so far is athletes crying while in forced isolation in horrible conditions, and now this.
What's the worst that could happen, right?
Go to China for the Olympics, they said...
It'll be fun, they said...
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