Chinese diplomats criticize viral media photo of country’s weightlifting gold medalist

Chinese diplomats furiously responded to a photo of its weightlifting gold medalist.

Reuters posted the controversial photo of Olympic athlete Zhihui Hou making an intense and pinched expression as she visibly weightlifts. The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka Tweeted, “​​Among all the photos of the game, @Reuters has chosen this one, which only shows how ugly they are. Don’t put politics and ideologies above sports, and call yourself an unbiased media organization. Shameless.”

In a follow-up Tweet, the Embassy went on to compare Hou’s photo to Reuter’s celebratory and less-dramatic photos of other Olympic athletes. The Tweet reads, “Same day, same Olympics, same @Reuters , different faces. Maybe it’s because everything good in life comes easier for the white westerners?” The embassy clarified, “We said that these biased MSM are ugly. Never the athletes. They’re beautiful, no matter their colors and nationalities.”

On top of winning gold, Hou set three Olympic records at the Tokyo Games, however, her accolades may be revoked if she fails an ongoing anti-doping investigation. According to a source close to the matter, Hou was “asked to stay in Tokyo” following her events, while other athletes returned to their home countries. If Hou fails the anti-doping agency’s tests, the weightlifting silver medalist Mirabai Chanu of India will replace her. 



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Antoinette is a community college student in Sacramento, California. She is a Politics Editor at Fact Based America, a correspondent for Campus Reform, and a student journalist. She previously worked for Turning Point USA as a High School Coordinator.

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