Today Belongs to Deng Wendi

Deng Wendi’s rapid reaction to defend her husband Rupert Murdoch against an attacker carrying a pie of shaving foam during a Commons hearing into the News of the World phone hacking scandal has catapulted her to the middle of a global media frenzy, which echoes far back to China. “Tiger mother” and “guardian angel” are just some of the toasts assigned to Deng by China’s online community.

Most importantly, it makes Chinese people believe in real love again. Or at least, this is what prominent Chinese blogger Hecaitou said in his blog post written shortly after Deng’s affectionate defence of her husband, translated in full below.

Hecaitou: Today belongs to Deng Wendi

Today no doubt belongs to Deng Wendi. In the [phone hacking scandal] hearing held during the early hours of Beijing, a man unexpectedly appeared to try to attack Rupert Murdoch with a plate full of shaving cream. After about two seconds in shock, Deng Wendi, former Xuzhou volleyball player and wife of Murdoch, pounced from her seat to deliver a punch to the man, and then fell to the ground together with her opponent.

Unusually, the Chinese Central Television (CCTV) broadcast live the hearing happening at the other end of Eurasia, and demonstrated rare concern about the fate of News Corporation. Chinese audience could not immediately view the above scene, as the TV did not show it at the moment. As they eagerly anticipated, video clips from Sky and CNN started to appear on Youtube, and they were rapidly shared on Twitter and Google Plus. Deng Wendi got all the limelight. Even news of Google and Apple reaching a deal allowing Google Plus to be available for free download in Apple Stores could not match Deng’s news. People replayed her actions again and again, concentrating on how the woman in bright pink jacket jumped from the crowd to deliver her hit.

At first, people were shocked and unable to comment. Someone whispered: oh, Deng is the real bodyguard for Murdoch. Another replied: I hope one day I will have a wife like Deng. Marital relationship is the first focus emerging from the discussion, and public feelings about family, husband and wife were aroused, opening a floodgate of tenderness on the Internet. Many people think that Deng’s love towards Murdoch is real. Her knee-jerk reaction speaks volume. But previous attitude of Chinese people towards Deng is not like that.

In the Chinese dictionary, Deng Wendi means ambitions, opportunism and achieving the goal using whatever means. People don’t like that. Her existence gives a lot of pressure to people nearby. Even thinking about such kind of person is near you will give you a feeling of being threatened. Legends and gossips about Deng Wendi fill all kinds of magazines and newspapers. Too many people know better about the life path of Deng Wendi than Deng herself. People discuss with enthusiasm how Deng began from lowly origins to become an overseas student, and then finally become the wife of a tycoon. People can never forget the story of Deng getting pregnant using Murdoch’s frozen sperms, and they also worry about the fate of the children of Murdoch’s ex-wife. The common understanding is that Murdoch is only the strongest springboard Deng Wendi could ever dream of to achieve her life goals. She loves no one but herself, like a female tarantula.

Now everything has changed. That ambitious and forever climbing woman showed the courage and anger a wife should have. Public opinion begins to soften. Especially when clips of her standing by her husband in his 80s, counter striking the protester, are being endlessly replayed. People start to talk about the duties between husband and wife, and whether true love really exists in the world. They praise Deng generously: “A Chinese woman saves capitalism”. Or mix that with a bit of nationalism: “Deng let the world knows Chinese Kung Fu”. And finally, that overused idiomatic style: “Get a wife like Deng Wendi”. A news event has turned into an entertainment event. People have forgotten about Murdoch. The keyword is: Deng Wendi defends her husband. Because of Deng Wendi, a hearing going on in far-away England has turned into a piece of local entertainment news.

But not everyone is emotional. Rational voice could still be heard amid all these gossips. Hong Kong media worker Luo Qiping commented: “This is the difference between a second wife and the natural children. The latter are natural; the former requires hard work. If she demonstrates the same courage in the bid to save News Corporation, then things may change.” Netizen Calon is even more rational. He has this to say: “A wife’s kung fu is like the personal gun of the leader. If you need to use it, it just reflects the hopelessness of the situation.” Deng’s decisive blow did nothing to save the gradual demise of Murdoch and his News Corporation. The judgment day is approaching, and everything must be paid back. However, because we are human beings, we cannot control our emotions with rationality all the time. After Deng’s strike, the share price of News Corporation reached the highest level of the day, closing at US$15.8, a rise of 5.61%. It seems that even the most rational of investors have shown their emotional side.

Conspiracy theorists say that Deng Wendi hired that man. “To ensure her inheritance, what things will she not do?” Perhaps different versions of the story will soon be written – what the tabloids under Murdoch are doing all day long. However, people will only choose what they want to hear. In the prevailing version, Deng Wendi is affectionate about Murdoch, and all husbands should sign up Taekwondo classes for their wives.

Intentionally or unintentionally, Deng Wendi has defended feelings that people cherish. No matter what happens to Murdoch and the News Corporation, today belongs to Deng Wendi.

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0 thoughts on “Today Belongs to Deng Wendi”

  1. Hey, thanks for this. “A wife’s kung fu is like the personal gun of the leader. If you need to use it, it just reflects the hopelessness of the situation.” – that cracked me up. Is there a particular reason CCTV was broadcasting this live? It seems a bit unusual to bother with these proceedings, given that the Murdochs are there to do CYA and little else.

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  2. In the Chinese dictionary, Deng Wendi means ambitions, opportunism and achieving the goal using whatever means.

    That’s certainly true. She came to the US on a student visa, seduced a married man 30 years her senior. The man divorced and married Wendi long enough for her to get a green card and eventually US citizenship.

    She then no longer see her first husband as useful anymore, divorced him, and then met up with the divorced Rupert Murdoch. If Rupert Murdoch passes away within the next couple of years, Wendi will be the richest woman under 50.

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  3. More like a bitch on heat responding to threats to her rapidly reduced inheritance. Her path exemplifies the ambitions of many Chinese. And anyway, the gossip rags in my supermarket advise that she has been servicing the pool guy.

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  4. Her path exemplifies the ambitions of many Chinese.

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    I bet many people didn’t know ambitions varied depending on race or ethnicity. Thank you.

    And more to the point, is ambition inherently wrong? Or is it wrong just in the eyes of people who spend time gossiping and complaining about stuff on blogs all day long?

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  5. @keisaat. It is about national mentalities or the way different ethnic groups think and act. I have begun working in an Australian national conservation volunteer organisation. Two thirds of the young people who turn up each day to pull weeds and plant trees are Korean. Some young folk from Taiwan and Japan, but NEVER anyone from the Mainland.The latter are too busy trying to work out how to manipulate the visa rules.
    There is no denying. Folk in China without domestic guangxi are unquestionably the hookers/prostitutes of Asia when it comes to overseas visas.
    Listen tosser. I have a day job.

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  6. Is ambition inherently wrong? Depends how you move up the $ ladder. A good business plan…..that’s cool, but hawking the fork…that’s a Chinese hard wired trait. You would feel more comfortable on HH.

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  7. “That’s certainly true. She came to the US on a student visa, seduced a married man 30 years her senior. The man divorced and married Wendi long enough for her to get a green card and eventually US citizenship.

    She then no longer see her first husband as useful anymore, divorced him, and then met up with the divorced Rupert Murdoch. If Rupert Murdoch passes away within the next couple of years, Wendi will be the richest woman under 50.”

    Pugster, this doesn’t happen often, but I agree – Deng Wendi is 100% pure ruthless ambition, and that is quite unlikeable in anyone.

    However, just to play the old “being even handed” card:

    1) If it was the other way round – an older woman being defended by her toy-boy trophy husband – I’m pretty sure the reportage would have been different.

    2) Is the fact that she was born in China (although she is now a US citizen) a factor in her infamy/fame? Her life-story clearly validates some commonly-held stereotypes about Chinese women.

    3) Is the fact that she is in a relationship with a white man part of her previous infamy in China? What of the Chinese government’s prior conflicts with the Murdoch organisation? What of Chinese official’s reported disdain for her during negotiations to enter the Chinese market?

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  8. On another note, maybe this will stop people from eternally asking me if Chinese women are all submissive, obedient, unthreatening, Geisha*.

    *Yes, I know. Having lived in Japan as well, this holds a special degree of stupidity for me. Kind of the same ignorance which leads my local supermarket to label things as being “Asian flavoured”.

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  9. Another thing to add about her first marriage, the wife of the man she seduced had taken Wendi in and tutored her in English while the couple was in China for an extended stay on business. After moving back to America, she welcomed Wendi into her home and sponsored her as an overseas student. Wendi pays her back by sleeping with her husband and then dumping his sorry butt as soon as the greencard arrived.

    Yes, let’s all hail true love and the greatness of Deng Wendi. A love as genuine as the ones found under the roof of the Playboy mansion. First we had tiger mom, and I think the other commenter gives us the perfect nickname for Wendi, tiger deng.

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  10. FOARP,

    Sorry don’t agree with you there. This is not a Chinese, geisha or Asian thing, as there are plenty of American or Western Gold Diggers out there. I just think she is evil because she seduces married men to get what she wants: first man to get a green card, and the second man for his money. She is basically Anna Nicole Smith with brains.

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  11. @Pugster – Your record for misreading everything is kept. I was talking about people’s interpretations and attitudes towards Ms Deng, not her actual behaviour or my interpretation of he behaviour. I specifically spoke about how I hoped that this would help dispel those stereotypes.

    Really, do you not read anything properly before commenting?

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  12. FOARP,

    You’re right, I don’t know what you are talking about, maybe you don’t know what you are talking about. You made several comments like “Is the fact that she was born in China (although she is now a US citizen) a factor in her infamy/fame?” and “Is the fact that she is in a relationship with a white man part of her previous infamy in China? What of the Chinese government’s prior conflicts with the Murdoch organisation? What of Chinese official’s reported disdain for her during negotiations to enter the Chinese market?” Don’t tell me that you’re not making those stereotypical questions.

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  13. @keisaat, the usual rule is that ambition is not considered inherently wrong as long as you have a Y chromosome. If you’re female, however, it makes you an evil bitch.

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  14. @Pugster – The fact that I am aware of stereotypes, and ask if they are part of the reasons why people like/dislike someone, does not mean I share them. It merely means that I am aware of them.

    Learn. To. Read.

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  15. @Nita – I’ve known plenty of guys I disliked for similar reasons. I’m not talking about the alfa-male sterotype, but about guys with an all-for-me, self-serving, fuck-you attitude where there seemed to be no law or moral that they would not break if it was in their interest. Men who had no qualms at all about preying on their subbordinates and aquaintainces for either sexual gratification or personal advancement. Men with no loyalty to anyone but themselves. As I said above, that kind of ruthless, all-consuming ambition is unlikeable in anyone, man or woman.

    However, as I hope you at least understood from my comments above, I definitely think people would be less condemning of what she has done if the roles were reversed and it were some toy-boy trophy husband of an older woman who had done these things.

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  16. FOARP,

    @Pugster – The fact that I am aware of stereotypes, and ask if they are part of the reasons why people like/dislike someone, does not mean I share them. It merely means that I am aware of them.

    Learn. To. Read.

    Oh, so you make these these sterotypical questions but you don’t mean them. Does that mean that I have to learn how to read your mind? Idiot.

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  17. @FOARP One could say mentioning the 3 points was very Faux News of you. (i.e. I am not saying but others might be saying)

    Maybe because I am Female I can not get on this Wendi bandwagon as I see her as a conniving B&%@ who was offered help from another women who Wendi then bit that women’s helping hand. Then for the Coup De Gras she dumps the women’s husband and eventually marries a rich old man that no one believes she actually loves. Wendi is the type of women that gives all women a bad name. I do not care what her ethnicity, country of birth, or present citizenship to me she is just a bad women.

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  18. Pug_ster- it’s not FOARP’s fault. You consistently fail to understand the basic substance of most people’s posts. You have very poor reading comprehension skills. I’m sorry to say it, but you demonstrate it again and again. Nobody else seems to have any trouble understanding the posts that you find so confounding.

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  19. @Pugster – Again : learn to read. They weren’t “stereotypical questions”. They were QUESTIONS. ABOUT. STEREOTYPES.

    The insane thing is, I was agreeing with you, but including those points as a way of balancing the criticism (that is, your criticism) of Deng.

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  20. Hate to make this about pug_ster, with whom I agreed on the original point, but since Deng Wendi’s day has passed:

    In order to ever enjoy even minor success in debate, in addition to reading more carefully, what pug really has to do is shed his reflexive China vs US tu quoque approach to any perceived criticism of China. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu_quoque

    Fully 90% of his interjections everywhere are pure tu quoque, which condemns them to the logical fallacy bin immediately. And given that it’s always the US that he drags into his specious comparisons, that must be maddening to the considerable number of third country commenters on the places he shows up.

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  21. “And given that it’s always the US that he drags into his specious comparisons, that must be maddening to the considerable number of third country commenters on the places he shows up”.

    Yes, it totally pisses me off and I would gladly see him thrown down a deep well with his favourite sheep, since it is a perfect waste of time attempting any serious discussion with him.

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  22. @KT – Yes, finally, for the first time, I agree with those who want him thrown off this forum. He always comments without reading properly, and simply attacks based on how he sees the US-China situation EVEN WHEN YOU’RE AGREEING WITH HIM. It would be great if this were simply a point of view and could be defended as such, but it’s not, it’s just a method of trolling this site. As a Brit, I find it intensely annoying.

    @Veronica – Faux News is “was this a terrorist fist bump?”, not “are people willing to believe stupid things like the Obama ‘fist bump’ because they’re racist?”.

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  23. What on earth is a “stereotypical question”? And did I just ask one?

    Pugster seems to know enough English to make a fool of himself, possibly because he doesn’t know enough English not to.

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  24. Damn, so many trolls seems to like to talk about me. Many China Bashers use personal insults as their forte anyways instead of talking about the topic at hand as you can see here.

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  25. You see, even when he’s trying to defend himself against people who are simply annoyed at the way he accused people who WERE AGREEING WITH HIM of racism, he has to refer to the ‘anti-China forces’.

    Seriously, just ban Pugster until he learns to read.

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  26. @FOARP, you get full points from me for acknowledging that, don’t worry. Sexism’s an endemic thing and it’s always hard to separate it from our own responses to people.

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  27. I recall agreeing with our friend some time ago about the US’s very destructive trade policy towards Cuba and added something about Cuba’s highly regarded health and medical research system. Did he realise that this was a good opening for a real discussion about the USs inability to provide universal health care in contrast to the majority of other developed nations? Not a hope.

    Simply an attack dog with a limited bi-polar response mechanism.

    Unfortunately, when our friend sets the debate agenda, he tends to bring out the lowest common denominator in some of us eg my gender stereotyping at the top of this thread. This personal struggle session aside.

    What I should have said was that the lynchpin of Sino civil society – Mannon and name brand worship – produces the Deng phenomena, albeit on a less grandiose scale as routinely witnessed on ChinaSmack.

    While Custer provides a pretty neat forum for all of us who feel the need to scribble, in this instance he could have done a better job framing his Deng op piece. However, since this is one of some 500 plus pieces, this criticism is no big deal.

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  28. To da Pug:
    not sure if people like to talk about you. But you do give people lots to talk about, much of it related to your apparent difficulty in comprehending what others write. Besides, you’re far too ubiquitous to qualify for the benefit of the doubt. When you say something questionable, it’s no longer chalked up to a bad day, since it happens nearly every day. That seems to be your lot, so you might as well sing it proud.

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  29. @KT,

    I recall agreeing with our friend some time ago about the US’s very destructive trade policy towards Cuba and added something about Cuba’s highly regarded health and medical research system. Did he realise that this was a good opening for a real discussion about the USs inability to provide universal health care in contrast to the majority of other developed nations? Not a hope.

    That’s your and FOARP’s false assumption. Just because I believe in A (Cuba’s health care system), doesn’t mean that I will elaborate or agree with you on B (US’ universal health care.)

    When I initially wrote that Wendi Deng was an evil person, I didn’t say anything or elaborate on Deng has anything to do with being a Chinese at all. However, FOARP brought up sterotypical questions (or his words questions about sterotypes.) I don’t agree that he should bring it up on discussion because it has nothing to do with it, and then the personal insults begin.

    This blog is getting to the point where all the PKD trolls come here make the rants about me. At this point, it is getting old and boring.

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  30. I’ll ask again. What on earth is a “stereotypical question”?

    I’ll say it again. If you speak like an idiot, don’t bemoan having that fact pointed out to you as often as is necessary.

    Also ask yourself this: if Deng wasn’t Chinese, do you think it would’ve warranted a blogpost on a blog purportedly about China? Using your own example, do you think Anna Nicole Smith would’ve warranted a blogpost here? Her ethnicity is quite relevant to the fact that she is being discussed here at all. You might want to familiarize yourself with the theme of this blog.

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  31. the wendi deng thing doesn’t really interest me, but i still clicked on the link because i just HAD TO KNOW how pugster would make an ass out of himself here.

    yo custer if you won’t ban him, then its time to rename this site PugsterGeeks and you can post about his posts and the comments section will just be us discussing whatever ignorant thing hes talking about at the moment. like it is now.

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