Dont they bring such honor and dignity to the White House?

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Registered: 01-22-2000
Dont they bring such honor and dignity to the White House?
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Sun, 01-23-2011 - 2:43pm

We treated the dictator of China to a state dinner. We wined, dined and entertained him with our best. Then they have a chinese pianist who boldly plays a song, immediately recognized by the dictator from the homeland. What is the nature of the song played in our White House? Anti American. Calling us jackals. Offering us to be shot by the gun. the Chinese immediately knew it for the slap in the face that it was.

Shouldnt this kind of crud be checked out in advance?

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/49822/

Thoughts?

Sonny

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Registered: 03-09-2001
jabberwocka wrote:
Unless there's more to the story, Lang Lang is the villain; youth (he's only 28) and possible ignorance of the Cold War era notwithstanding. Classical music enthusiasts here may choose to NOT attend his performances or buy his albums.


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Registered: 01-28-2009
It should have been checked out in advance....and if it was, it as a tasteless choice. That being said, I'd imagine that equal amount of tact is required when playing the Star Spangled Banner on British/Commonwealth soil or in venues where there are many Brits around.
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Registered: 01-28-2009
I'd have a bigger problem with the fact that the American government (Republicans and Democrats alike) have willingly, and for quite some time now, been putting your country so deeply in their debt.
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Registered: 01-28-2009
Hear, hear (I'm missing the old icons big time, 'cause that would have gotten a thumbs up from me).
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Registered: 01-28-2009
Personally, I have NEVER been able to think in black and white terms. I just can't do it.
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Registered: 01-28-2009

Exactly!

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I agree. Also, we can't avoid diplomatic connections w/ China, given how much $$$ we owe them these days... Heck, it's even hard to speak out against their human and civil rights violations against their own people......

..... They have our country economically by the proverbial anatomical you-know-what.>>

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Registered: 09-15-2008
i heard lang lang speak on NPR tonight. he claims he had no idea what the song was about. he said it had a beautiful melody and that is why he selected that song... so he says?
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Registered: 11-04-2010
After reading more on Lang Lang, his biography and what he said about his song choice, I'm thinking that it wasn't meant to be a slam on the U.S.
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Registered: 03-03-2009

I would have liked to hear the NPR piece but missed it.

Lang Lang is young but his justification isn't getting any traction with me. Supposedly the song is popular, has words. Lang Lang is an internationally famous pianist raised in China, currently residing in New York, but doesn't KNOW the words?! Didn't think for a moment what the impact might be of using THAT song at a U.S. reception for the Chinese head of state?

Either he's lying or he's displaying a naivete which ill suits his position in the world's musical community.

Tell you one thing, if I was the head of state of any country which might have issues with China, I would NOT invite Lang Lang to give a command performance!

Edited to add this quote from the Epoch Times:

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 01-22-2000

I gotta disagree. Its our National Anthem. I am pretty sure it doesnt refer to Brits as "jackals".

Sonny

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