Rupert Murdoch wins hearts & minds in China
You can take the girl out of China, but not China out of the girl that Wendi Deng, aka Mrs Rupert Murdoch, showed.
A leap and a spike, Deng overnight appeared to have soared into the hearts of many in mainland China who wrote on Sina Weibo
(a Chinese Twitter clone):
--“Deng Wendi is a pearl among women!”
--“Mrs Deng Wendi, you are my idol from now on!”
May be it was something about the image of a Chinese woman in a room crammed with mostly white males jumping up to defend her husband from an errant pie-thrower. (at least the part of the room that was broadcast on BBC World Television),
“Every woman has to learn from Deng Wendi. Be an original wife. Be a good mistress. Be a good stepmother. Slap protesters. Be good at socializing in public but also taking care of the home in private. She’s cunning on the inside and strong on the outside. Act like a tiger woman! Holy cow!” (Thanks to TheNanfang.com for these examples.)
Deng didn’t just defend. She attacked. She pounced. The former volleyball player got right in there with a one-two, according to a Telegraph journalist who sat only ten feet away from the incident:
“First, she swung a slap at her husband’s attacker. She followed up by picking up the plate and trying to strike him with it. And then she moved back to her husband.”
For years, in China, she wasn’t viewed too favorably--mostly because of her image as a social climber, marrying her way out and up.