Haibao will save us all from dissent
Updates: Shanghaiist runs the story and points out that even Ex-pat mags can't make a joke about Haibao.
Jake links this blog about the Vancouver Olympics, where all performing artists have to sign a deal forbidding them from saying anything negative about any of the sponsors or related issues.
Shanghai artist/outlet The Thing, made the T-shirt you can see in the pic. It's gone too.
So, Monday today and another 'chat over tea' with The Man for Top Floor Circus.
If you're not following this, here's the first post.
So, following on from Jake's post today, Shanghai Welcomes You is now off their page and the video has been harmonized from Youku. Not only is it banned from being performed but it must be removed from history too, yes, just like in Orwell's 1984.
In it's place is now an ironic saccharine pop song called Let me sing you a Top Floor Circus song.
There are further complications. As Jake wrote, the incident has led to Mao management being called up too. And, oh dear, guess what ... Mao don't have their own proper license. They basically sub-let the space from it's previous (and current) owner who used to have WTF Club in there. So we're waiting on that too.
This is just the start. Really, shame on anyone who continues to write complimentary/promotional stuff about the Expo and claims to support local culture.
End note, 0093 have now closed their doors as the management refit to cater to it's Expo friendly location. When it reopens, the 0093 crew fully expect raised rent and the search for a new place is on. Once this is confirmed, that's a major blow to the scene at the hands of gentrification.
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