The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka sparked controversy through social networks after criticizing a photo chosen by the Reuters photography agency to show the world the triumph of China’s Hou Zhihui weightlifting in Tokyo. Olympics 2020.
But the embassy put it out of context by ensuring that it was not the best among so many photos and only “shows how ugly they are.”
Among all the photos of the game, @Reuters has chosen this one, which only shows how ugly they are.— Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka (@ChinaEmbSL) July 24, 2021
Don’t put politics and ideologies above sports, and call yourself an unbiased media organization. Shameless.
Respect the spirit of #Olympics. https://t.co/FugQm9obGr
How is the controversial photo upset the Chinese?
In the weightlifting discipline in the women’s 49 kg category, Hou Zhihui won a Gold Medal on the first day of the summer joust. He also reached the Olympic record of lifting 210 kilos.
The news agency, which is in charge of providing several media with photographs, but one of Hou in action in its catalog and uploaded it to its social networks, something very common in this type of event. But it was not well seen by all.
Instead, several fans responded to criticism from the Embassy, assuring that it was normal to see photos of this type where athletes are seen exerting themselves in full competition, which caused a wave of criticism in response, many defending the Reuters agency for showing an action photo of an athlete
Same day, same Olympics, same @Reuters , different faces. Maybe it’s because everything good in life comes easier for the white westerners?— Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka (@ChinaEmbSL) July 24, 2021
We said that these biased MSM are ugly. Never the athletes. They’re beautiful, no matter their colors and nationalities. https://t.co/1QTE888uYP pic.twitter.com/KTUjfrdeCi