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The vulgar violinist

Last month we wondered if the internet could serve as a force for persuading Chinese commuters to obey the rules on public transport. The test case was the so-called “chicken feet lady”, who was filmed munching on chicken feet and then depositing the bones on the floor of a Shanghai subway train (see WiC309).

Did the shaming online have much impact? Apparently not, it seems. According to state broadcaster CCTV, several women claimed to be responsible before it identified the real culprit, who is called Wang Ruoyang. She seemed unapologetic, insisting that there was nothing wrong with the bone-spitting. And then last week, another video went viral of Wang caught eating cup noodles on the same subway. “She must be famished” internet users suggested. More thoughtful netizens think Wang is hungrier for publicity, with Wang (a music teacher) reported to be in demand for violin performances at Chinese New Year banquets this month. A chicken feet producer also wants her to be its ambassador, although so far Wang has declined the opportunity.

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