Winding up Chiu Yi
Following the conclusion of the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) successful “three little pigs” campaign donation program, the party is seeking another fund-raising growth driver to build momentum heading into next month’s elections. This is the reason behind the new “Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Chiu Yi (邱毅) talking toy” that will shortly go on sale throughout Taiwan.
Pull the string on the doll’s back and the Chiu Yi toy disseminates platitudes about fashion: “Yes, my hair is real,” investment advice: “It’s always a good time to buy property in Ordos” and his legislative election campaign: “Retake the motherland. Chiu Yi in 2012.”
This fun-for-the-whole-family toy is loaded with 100 clever phrases in honor of the centennial of the Republic of China, including unsubstantiated claims: “I’m hot with the ladies,” wild speculation: “China’s economy has nowhere to go but up” and outright lies: “Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) would be Taiwan’s first openly gay president.”
Chiu Yi fans of all ages will enjoy spending countless hours online attempting to debunk or support the doll’s proclamations.
This will be a big win, not only for the DPP, but also for all the Aboriginal tribes who will be making the toys from hand-made linen and other crafts.
I salute the Taipei Times for continuing its coverage of this fraudulent clown Chiu Yi. He is an embarrassment to Taiwanese everywhere.
Yong He, New Taipei City
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