Netizen Voices: After Quake, Poem for Red Cross

Chinese netizens have not forgotten Guo Meimei, the young woman who showed off designer handbags and flashy cars on Weibo in 2011, then claimed she was the “general manager of Red Cross commerce.” Though plagued by previous scandals, Guo Meimei struck a heavy blow to the Red Cross Society of China. In the wake of last Saturday’s earthquake in Sichuan Province, many are still furious with the Red Cross. The organization is now reopening an investigation into the Guo Meimei debacle.

The Red Cross inspired one netizen to write a poem:

藏头诗

Whether or not you donate, that’s up to you, but what are the bastards at Red Cross up to?
An individual’s donation is voluntary. Don’t let selfish thoughts in your hearts become Justification for you to say, swelling with pride, “A few yuan is enough to feed our disaster-Stricken brothers and sisters a few meals, but not enough to make a real difference.” I don’t Care what you all think, I will donate to the Red Cross, but is it enough to relieve the disaster? Of course one person’s contribution isn’t, but for the sake of our beautiful motherland, And our wonderful mothers, be a good Chinese person. Brothers and sisters, if you often buy A pack of cigarettes or a midday snack, you’re already spending a few yuan. The whole world And all of the ancients know that, since the quake, countless of our countrymen don’t even have Pants to wear, including many young ladies. Do your hearts not ache?

This elegy to the Red Cross has a hidden message: the first character of every line, when read together, warns, “The money you donate isn’t enough for Meimei to buy underpants.”

Via CDT Chinese. Translation by Josh Rudolph.