Here’s the story so funny it can only come from China.
Axl Rose isn’t exactly the renegade rocker he was in the late 1980s, but he’s still rock ‘n roll enough stir up a controversy.
An article in a Chinese newspaper today blasted the singer’s new album “Chinese Democracy”as a “venomous attack”on the nation and suggested the long-awaited Guns ‘N Roses release “turns its spear point on China.”
The story was printed in a publication put out by China’s ruling Communist Party, and quoted unnamed sources from Internet message boards that suggested the lyrics were inflammatory and critical of China.
Excerpts from these online chats slammed the album as a plot by Western adversaries to “grasp and control the world using democracy as a pawn,”the Associated Press reported. The new album dropped Sunday after fans held on through 17 years of myriad false starts and production delays after Guns ‘N Roses began recording in 1994.
For those curious about GnR’s “new” sound…
Also as a quick note; when a whole government is reduced to quoting “unnamed sources from Internet message boards” you know they are stretching. And you know without a doubt this is propaganda.
The funny part about this for me is that I recently ran across a far more inflammatory (ha!) bit of anti-Chinese propaganda in American pop culture.
This one comes in the form of “Liberty Prime” a giant, nuke-throwing, Chinese-hating robot.
Here you can see him in action, and set to some lovely classical music. Listen for the robot’s voice. He’s rather agressive in his feelings toward China and Communism (understandable, as a nuclear war with China causes all the “Fallout” in 2077).