Supposedly the Chinese are huge sports fans, but they can’t seem to find it in their hearts to accept cheerleaders. Why not? Are they looking at the same picture I’m looking at? Here are the rest of the pictures.
The smiling young women have come to expect a crowd response as chilly as the winter wind outside. They shimmy to Shakira as spectators stare sullenly, then prance off the court to anemic applause.
Maybe the Beijing Games can change things.
China’s 1.3 billion people are crazy about sports, but not cheerleaders. Those women who have taken to the all-American phenomenon hope that plans for cheerleaders at the Olympics will bring some glamour to their work.
“I don’t know if it’s because of Chinese people’s personalities or maybe because basketball culture isn’t so ingrained that they’re still scared to let loose,” cheerleader Li Qi said a few days after the weeknight women’s basketball game, without a whiff of bitterness. “We’re used to it. That’s just how it is.”
Seems a little odd but they’ll soon come around to it I’m sure. Wait, do cheerleaders actually take part in the Olympics anyway? The United States doesn’t bring any over do they?