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Sinopec Chairman Hasn’t Heard of ‘Gas Price Profanity Gate’

Young Chinese man interviewed by the news on the street about a recent gas price increase asks if he can use profanity.
"Can I use profanity?"

Sinopec Chairman Fu Chengyu at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference.

This was the most discussed article on popular Chinese news portal NetEase last night…

From NetEase:

Sinopec Chairman: Haven’t heard about “Rising gasoline prices makes city resident wants to use profanity”

April 1st, Sinopec Chairman Fe Chengyu said during the Boao Forum for Asia that he understands the feelings of private car owners facing rising gasoline prices and no subsidies. A journalist asked Fu Chengyu for his views on the “Gas Prices Profanity Gate” that spread online, to which Fu Chengyu claimed he hasn’t heard of it and couldn’t comment.

Young Chinese man interviewed by the news on the street about a recent gas price increase asks if he can use profanity.
"Can I use profanity?"

“Gas Price Profanity Gate” refers to a recent television news report where a reporter interviewed ordinary city residents on the streets for their views on the recent increase in gasoline prices. While most of the interviewees expressed the need to economize, one young man replied by first asking if he could use expletives and obscene language. When the interviewer replied by asking if he’s quite angry about the issue, he quickly declared that if he couldn’t [use crude language] then there was nothing for him to say, and walked away.

Young Chinese man interviewed by the news on the street about a recent gas price increase says he has nothing to say if he can't use profanity.
"If not, then I have nothing to say."

Here is a copy of that news report. The young man appears at the end around 1:25:

Below is a video of the Boao panel where the journalist asks Fu Chengyu if he’s heard of the above. When he responds that he hasn’t, laughter can be heard from the audience:

Comments from NetEase:

jy22904468 [网易广东省网友]:

I only want to say: Fu Chengyu, CNM.

binbinss [网易上海市松江区网友]:

Read my lips: C N M!

网易江苏省无锡市网友:

Fuck your mother, old me will be the first to say it for you to hear.

chen81237 [网易浙江省丽水市网友]:

Those below represent me in asking about Fu Chengyu’s mother?

fjianyu [网易山东省网友]:

With this kind of state-owned enterprise leader, it’s no wonder the people are in an abyss of suffering.

楚门界 [网易广东省潮州市网友]:

He hasn’t heard of the city resident wanting to use profanity. Everyone knows what to do now, right?

寡妇村嘟嘟侠 [网易广西贺州市网友]:

Just because you haven’t heard it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Recommend you pay more attention to the voices of the people.

V4V [网易陕西省渭南市网友]:

Yep, with this kind of animal, if you think cursing/hurling abuse at it will work, then go ahead and keep cursing. Cursing while letting it continue to bite you, hehe.

卖身葬二奶 [网易广东省广州市网友]:

The low people live in China’s villages, far far away from the capital. The big important people not hearing is therefore quite normal.

971621209 [网易山东省济南市网友]:

1 billion people want to send their regards to Fu Chengyu’s mother, and his 8 generations of ancestors.

本帖值一块 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

Everyone should comment rationally. Our country has always had a lot of people with very little resources. To have made accomplished what we have today in a short 30 years of reform and opening up is already very impressive. Now, which one of our country’s leaders are not like gods of wealth, given the highest standard of treatment, when going abroad, like “the stars around the moon” [the center of attention]. Seeing these things, as a Chinese person, are you not proud? Right now the country is in a key phase of forward development, it is difficult to avoid the some social problems from appearing. The anti-Chinese powers outside the country deliberately embellish and exaggerate these problems, misleading the our countrymen to insult and slander the country. Everyone “clean their eyeglasses” [open their eyes], and take it upon themselves to maintain social stability. Remember: A son never thinks his mother ugly, a dog never thinks its home poor! If you have the time, spend it on learning how to be like Sima Guang in smashing the jar, like Kong Rong in giving up the pears, like Nezha in conquering the seas, and other traditional culture of our nation. Don’t blindly worship the foreign, and at all times don’t forget that you are a pure-blooded successor of Marxism-Leninism!

25454998 [网易浙江省网友]:

Fu Chengyu grass mud horse.

[Written on the forehead of this grass mud horse is Fu Chengyu’s Chinese name.]

Sinopec Chairman Fu Chengyu at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference.

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