Global Times Calling Leni Riefenstahl

Through our unofficial sources, we have surmised that the Chinese Communist Party’s English Language rag “Global Times” might (or so we speculate) be interested in hiring a Western PR expert who is willing to whore his/her talents for the Ruling Party while maintaining the fig-leaf of a pretense of not being a total whore for the Ruling Party.

Leni Riefenstahl – the cinematographer who made “Triumph of the Will” for the Third Reich in 1934 – Global Times is calling you and/or your kindred spirits!

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12 Responses to Global Times Calling Leni Riefenstahl

  1. King Tubby says:

    Unfortunately Riefenstahl lived to a ripe old age, always argued that she was an artiste above Nazi party politics, indulged in a lot of litigation, and reinvented herself with a book on the Masai in the 90s.
    PRC had its Truimph of the Will in 08 The Games. People will be a lot less naive next time they run a big gig similar to that.

  2. FOARP says:

    This was directed at a certain former avian resident of China’s capital? If so, you really should have done a follow up on how things ended up.

  3. Ned Kelly says:

    Why do you call him “avian”? Because he looks like a bird? What kind?

  4. justrecently says:

    Riefenstahl needed to reinvent herself – after all, her Reichsmovies were artistic stuff, and all the wannabe intellectuals – OK, ,most of them – forgot their old idols right in 1945 and turned around swiftly, by 180 degrees (to Bertolt Brecht, for example, who would have deserved something better than their reverence). Actors like Heinz Rühmann, on the other hand, were living in or of the love of the common people, before and after the end of the regime. They apparently felt that Rühmann was “one of us”, before and after 1945. Not quite the Nazi, not quite the resistance fighter.

  5. foarp says:

    @Neddy – Just being fair, and of course I may have gotten the wrong end of the stick, but if the subject of this post had subsequently outed a astro-turfing scam at GT, harshly criticised them, and then disavowed ever working for GT again, it would only be fair to mention this.

  6. C.A. Yeung says:

    FOARP, we wouldn’t have known. YouWe’ve been banned from the blog of the said former avian resident. Remembered?

  7. justrecently says:

    What? Ai Weiwei banned Foarp from the bird’s nest?

  8. Ned Kelly says:

    “The subject of this post” also fiercely advocated the illegal invasion of Iraq on his blog, and didn’t change his tune until it turned out to be a disaster. He deleted his posts advocating the invasion and since then has never owned up to his 180 degree turnaround. I have absolutely no respect for worshippers of power.

  9. C.A. Yeung says:

    JR, don’t get too excited. It’s my typo – the problem with doing several things at the same time. It should read: a certain former avian resident have banned Ned, Ivan and Catherine from the duck’s nest. I hope this clears up the misunderstanding.

  10. C.A. Yeung says:

    P.S. Sorry, 老艾 @aiww, didn’t mean to drag you through all these.

  11. justrecently says:

    Peace – I’ve just translated a second installment of the 17th central committee’s 6th plenary session, the decision on deepening cultural reform, and have switched into an entirely cosmic mode in the process.

  12. foarp says:

    The blocking I do not agree with, since, as I understand it, the issue that sparked it is, literally, dead and buried now. Yes, there is gap in his posts at the end of 2002 and beginning of 2003 – but what of it? So long as he is not actually now claiming to have been against the war (which I also supported) I can see no great problem.

    However, I guess this isn’t really my business and I should keep my nose out.

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