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Recently on Weibo.com, Ai weiwei openly asked to "borrow” money from public to pay off his tax evasion, and more than “10 thousand people” were allegedly to respond and donate more than millions of Yuan. Ai claimed it's definitely a morale booster, in my eyes, the campaign is nothing but a public stunt.|
Ai Weiwei is a billionaire, there have been reports on this. On Nov 2008, he told the Chosun Ilbo, South Korea's largest mass circulation newspaper, “Up to now, I’ve made fortune of 200 millioin Yuan.” Meanwhile, as Western media reported, Ai purchased an upscale apartment in Berlin last year, and had planned to buy a 4,800-square-meter studio this year also in Berlin. Does he need to borrow money to pay off his tax bill?
As an internationally acclaimed political activist and artist, apart from cursing the government, what has he ever done for the disadvantaged? Has he ever financed them to sue or given them any other kind of economic support?
Ai was known for investigating on student casualties on Wenchuan earthquake, but did he donate a cent for the poor children? Has it crossed to his mind to build a solid Hope primary school for them ? What he really care is how to publicize himself.
As we all know, being an artist, no matter how talented you are, if people don’t know you, you’re nothing, not to mention social status and incomes. Publicity is the key to success. Actually, in his early years in US, Ai started joining street demonstrations and soon discovered a shortcut to success – “Art plus Politics”.
So, in order to test if his popularity was still there, he came up this trick. after all it will surely attract attentions. What an expert!
Pathetically, those who donated don’t know they have been fooled and taken advantage of. It’s understandable that they have good political appeals, but it’s too bad if they are blinded.