China’s new English language song for Beijing 2022 divides opinion

The music
video “Join Us in Winter” was released this week on China’s
Twitter-like platform Weibo by state news agency Xinhua and was also posted on
Twitter by other state-backed news outlets such as the Global Times.

The Beijing
Games are set to take place from Feb. 4 to 20.

24-year-old Chinese actor and singer Zeng Shunxi, Xinhua journalist Lu Binqi,
and patriotic rap group CDRev, known for their tunes targeting perceived
enemies of the Chinese government, the cheery ballad urges listeners to attend
the games and said whether athletes “win or lose, we cheer for you”.

It generated
a big thumbs-up on Chinese Weibo, especially by fans of Zeng, who has over 20
million followers on Weibo.

But on
Twitter, which is banned in China, others called the lyrics “cringey”,
saying the title was misaligned with strict travel restrictions in China and
for the Games, such as mandated quarantine for most visitors to the country and
the decision not to sell any tickets locally.

The Games
will be held in a “bubble” that strictly separates athletes and other
Games personnel from the public.

join us’…but they haven’t agreed to direct commercial flights, there’s three
weeks enforced state quarantine on arrival, and tickets aren’t on sale to the
public anyway. My informal advice to (British) winter sports fans: stay on your
sofa,” tweeted Christina Scott, deputy head of mission at the British
embassy in Beijing.

Xinhua did
not immediately respond to a request for comment.

celebrities, state media, former Olympians and a large number of foreigners,
have pushed out over a dozen music videos promoting the Winter Olympics which
are facing a diplomatic boycott from the United States and other governments
over Beijing’s treatment of the Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups.

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collaborations between Chinese pop stars and state media are scheduled as the
games near.

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