While some netizens have commended Song, others question her motive. Wang Jingyao, Bian’s widower, says that Song has not apologized privately to the family, nor has she told the whole truth. Song said her mistake was “not stopping her classmates” from killing Bian, but denies a direct role in the murder, nor has she named the Red Guards who beat Bian to death.
Some critics of her apology argue that the “truth” cannot be fully aired under a system that bars free discussion of the CulturalRevolution. (Han Meng/Beijing News)
Song Binbin: Teacher, I’m sorry. I didn’t protect you… Don’t you see who this is? I was barefoot when it happened!
Bian Zhongyun: There were three feet kicking me. (Jiu’an)
Crocodile tears for Teacher Bian. (Badiucao for CDT Chinese)
Regret for her youth, or fond remembrance? (Meng Chenshang)
Police officer: You all beat people to death when you were young? So now you’re turning yourselves in?
Group: Oh, no, we came here to apologize… (Xiao Guai)