Chinese officials are insanely upset at western media outlets after accusing one of using an “ugly” photo of gold medalist Hou Zhihui in its Olympic coverage this week because of “politics and ideologies.”
The 24-year-old claimed China’s second gold medal of the Games on opening day after lifting a total of 210kg in the women’s 49kg event. The Chinese embassy in Sri Lanka replied to a Reuters news agency post with anger over their photo selection.
“Among all the photos of the game, Reuters has chosen this one, which only shows how ugly they are,” the embassy said in a tweet.
“Don’t put politics and ideologies above sports, and call yourself an unbiased media organization. Shameless.”
The embassy shared another tweet with multiple articles from Reuters on the same day showing different athletes in different sports, claiming there was bias in its reporting of “white westerners.”
“Same day, same Olympics, same Reuters, different faces. Maybe it’s because everything good in life comes easier for the white westerners? We said that these biased MSM are ugly. Never the athletes. They’re beautiful.”
The embassy added Hou “is definitely beautiful” but that there was a “bias and intentional choice” in the picture the news agency used.
Hou said after winning her medal that she simply wants to “enjoy the Games.”
“I just want to be myself, be all of myself,” she said, according to Yahoo Sports.