From China Digital Space
叉腰肌 (chāyāo jī): iliopsoas
The inner hip muscles; an obscure and negligible flaw.
Xie Yalong, Deputy Chairman of the Chinese Football Association (China's national soccer association) sternly reprimanded the Chinese women’s team for its loss at the 2008 Olympics, mentioning that the women needed to build their iliopsoas muscles. Netizens lampooned Xie—“iliopsoas” isn’t exactly a household term. While the Football Association has been blamed for China’s infamously poor performance in men’s soccer, the woman’s soccer team has a much better overall record.
Netizens found it hypocritical that the Football Association could criticize the relatively successful women’s team for such an odd shortcoming when the Football Association itself was guilty of many greater failings. This obscure muscle group is used today to refer to instances in which someone with major faults is quick to point out the faults of others.
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