Empire State Building Goes Red & Yellow for China; Outrage Ensues
The Empire State Building's publicists inform us -- like they're proud of it! -- that tomorrow ESB will glow red and yellow to honor the 60th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China. At 10 a.m. members of the Consul General of the People's Republic, including Consul General Peng Keyu, will "flip the light switch on a scale model of the Empire State Building," and either America will blow up or the lights will go on.
All right, let's roll out the outrage! "Empire State Building, Drenched in Blood" cries the Buffalohair Gazette International."The yellow will represent the cowardly conduct of a nation who has chosen to rape and murder Falun Gong members as well as the Uyghur People of Turkistan."
We were ready to accept this explanation, but in "New York to Honor 60 Years of Communism," Doctor Bulldog & Ronin informs us it's for the stars in the Chinese flag. "Now, I don't pretend to understand the inner machinations of the Libtard mind," DB&R adds, "...but isn't the color yellow considered racist when used in connection with the Chinese?" Say, he's got a point! Somebody tell Governor Paterson!...
"First, we had the Red Chinese COMMUNIST government Flag flying at the Marxist House on 2.20.09," says Snooper's Take Our Country Back (no idea -- maybe he means this?). "Now we have the Empire State building in NYC going all communist..."
"Hey, let's celebrate the 'Cultural Revolution' while we're at it," says The American Mind. "Mao's only responsible for killing 30 million people through various political purges, what's not to celebrate?" says Weasel Zippers.
Bookworm Room, after announcing that "the Empire State goes Red & Black to honor the Nazis," takes a more thoughtful approach: "And yes, I'm definitely a hypocrite, because my house is filled with things made in China. The sad fact is that there is a lot of stuff nowadays that you can't buy at all unless you're willing to accept Chinese manufacture." We bet even the damn switch they're going to use is of Chinese origin. So there's a good chance it'll break!
Some offer alternate lighting schemes. "Perhaps the Empire State Building will someday illuminate its upper portion in a charcoal grey light to commemorate and represent the rotting corpses of the dead of communist China," says Roman Around. Well, the schedule looks pretty open in November. "While we're at it, let's light up the Rockefellor Center with a big swastika on red lights," suggests Free State Revolution. Sorry, the communists already have that one.
Inevitably, it's all about HitlerObama. "I thought by 'change' that President Obama meant socialized healthcare, higher taxes, and a bloated nanny-state there to take care of my every need," says Tim Perkins. "But not this!" "Admirers of Communist China include left-wing New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and radical Marxist President B. Hussein Obama," Moonbattery informs us. " Look for full support from Michelle Obama and Michael Moore," says Lemur King's Folly. "Too bad Air Force One will miss the display by one night," Life, Liberty and the Pursuit. "How symbolic to see the lights dedicated to China, another Olympic winner, as President Obama jets to Copenhagen to push for Chicago hosting the 2016 games." Oh, that HitlerObama -- what mischief isn't his fault?
Watch for more outrage on October 2nd, when the Empire State goes blue and white for the 125th Anniversary of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, which is believed to be connected with the NEA scandal.
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