A Shanghai-based financial journalist Liang Xiangyi eye-rolled during another reporter’s long-winded question at the National People’s Congress recently and the moment has gone viral.
During the press conference, Liang Xiangyi was spotted showing disgust at the journalist next to her, as the latter was posing a long and convoluted question to a government official. She was so upset by what she was hearing that she rolled her eyes while turning her head away from the other reporter.
While her colleague may have missed Xiangyi’s eye-roll, the Internet certainly didn’t. Within hours, her expressions became the talk of China’s Internet space,
By evening, Liang Xiangyi’s name had become the most-censored term on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform.
China maintains tight control of its internet and is extremely wary of viral stories about politically sensitive subjects like the NPC. Internet censors blocked searches for Liang Xiangyi’s name.