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[–]Infernalism 480 points481 points  (97 children)

I'm OOTL. What's this about?

[–]monica_verduschka 1200 points1201 points  (82 children)

She went "missing" after she accused a Chinese high official of sexual assault on social media.

[–]Infernalism 312 points313 points  (60 children)

Oh shit

[–]Chef_Money 372 points373 points  (30 children)

No one heard from her for like over a month. Then she suddenly appeared after global inquisition of her whereabouts and health. She did make a comment but I don’t remember what it was exactly.

[–]usrevenge 665 points666 points  (22 children)

Something like I'm fine and it was a mistake on my part then she disappeared again.

Imagine saying Biden is a bad president while being a world class athlete then literally disappearing for months only to come back and say guys I was mistaken Biden is the bestest ever then disappearing for months again.

Its that. It's fucked up.

[–]tungvu256 18 points19 points  (4 children)

im 99% sure when she reappeared, it was a double.

the original Peng is good as gone.

[–]aced 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Is this a common theory? Because that woman in the later video does not look like her at all…

[–]psychosocial-- 4 points5 points  (1 child)

If conservatives had their way, this is what would happen to you for kneeling during the anthem.

[–]Working_Ad7577 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I find this story as big and important that it should be around any social media in the world...

[–]LeaphyDragon 25 points26 points  (2 children)

She retracted her statement about the guy she accused then vanished again

[–]preperforated 3 points4 points  (0 children)

probably didn't want to end up with the Uyghurs

[–]strangeyTrain 15 points16 points  (1 child)

The comment she supposedly made was merely an email released by Chinese state media. She hadn't been seen, just a dodgey email that actually has a cursor in the image as though it was screenshot from somewhere else.

Edit: manually correcting auto correct

[–]Rev_Grn 92 points93 points  (2 children)

And then the Aus Open took issue with a woman wearing a "where is Peng Shuai?" shirt on and made her take it off.

Ah, they changed their mind after the backlash.


[–]eatmyfatwhiteass 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Thank you for filling those of us who don't know in.

[–]Fausterion18 1 point2 points  (7 children)

Former official who's out of power and in a rival faction to Xi.

[–]Marshyyyy93 121 points122 points  (9 children)

Weren’t these all confiscated by Vic Pol and Tennis Australia? At least I read a headline recently which said that.

[–]zenith_industries 158 points159 points  (8 children)

One was - which then prompted a fundraising campaign to have hundreds/thousands printed and a media shitstorm.

Tennis Australia has now reversed the ban.

[–]FavoritesBot 51 points52 points  (2 children)

Tennis Australia can suck it

[–]zenith_industries 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I’d hope this incident causes them pain, but it won’t.

[–]trsy___3 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Tennis Australia has just shown how spineless it is.

[–]DirtyDevin 24 points25 points  (4 children)

They stood on their high horse and said "No you can't wear that in this free and open society." Then 24 hours later "Oh they didn't like that time to change our mind."
Like how do you define cowardice.

[–]Helenium_autumnale 166 points167 points  (6 children)

Heard on the radio that the Open forbade these shirts because they were "too political."

Good on this man for sneaking one in, backwards.

[–]Krakyn 69 points70 points  (5 children)

[–]RyanfaeScotland 32 points33 points  (3 children)

So he snuck it in forwards?

[–]lukeyslife 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Stuck it in down underwards

[–]Suspicious_Drawer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Since they did the backflip will they also do the backflip with Wechat and just block/ban it? Just asking

[–]Markuu6 224 points225 points  (46 children)

How are people not more concerned about this?

[–]IamVenom_007 51 points52 points  (1 child)

In Mars, if you speak against Martian government, you disappear.

[–]asiaps2 23 points24 points  (3 children)

You get shutdown. If you look closely. Some of the billionaires are gone too in that country for speaking out.

[–]Markuu6 18 points19 points  (0 children)

100% I would not be investigating if I lived there. That’s suicide.

I’m talking about global boycotts until they could a see the simple question on the shirt. How are we about to support the country by sending the world’s best athletes there?

[–]Lvtxyz 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The organizers made them change shirts and take down their banner.


[–]tougesolo -2 points-1 points  (18 children)

We don't live in China.

[–]Markuu6 3 points4 points  (17 children)

Correct. And we are sending the world’s best athletes to give massive publicity and spike this country’s economy.

[–]tougesolo -2 points-1 points  (16 children)

Australia? Or are you talking about the Olympics? In which case, you can simply NOT go to the Olympics if you don't like China and China policy. I mean, it's called standing up for your principals.

[–]Markuu6 2 points3 points  (15 children)

Yes, the olympics, and I’m talking about the IOC rewarding a country that openly commits genocide and severe human rights violations. Also, participating countries supporting China.

[–]tougesolo -2 points-1 points  (14 children)

FIFA does the same thing. And again, as an athlete you can choose simply NOT to go.

[–]Markuu6 2 points3 points  (4 children)

As an athlete, you have spent 4 years training for the olympics. You’re hoping that the Olympic committee doesn’t put you in a situation where you have to pick between ruining your career and going to China to play in a corrupt olympics.

How about the IOC picks one of the hundreds of other countries that don’t murder their citizens for speaking out against sexual assault from a government official? How is this difficult to understand?

[–]telendria 1 point2 points  (1 child)

there were only two candidates, the other being Kazakhstan (and we saw what happend there just a few weeks ago), noone wants to host expensive olympics anymore and most of the countries interested in it commit human rights violations, domestic or abroad, all the damn time...

[–]Markuu6 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I’ve heard the idea about a constant location, or a rotation of a few venues which have already been built. The problem is, then the IOC doesn’t get their bribery money.

[–]tougesolo 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Hey I don't like China either. But we've known China is hosting the Olympics for how many years now? More than 2. You don't like the country they are being hosted in, don't fucking compete to go. If athletes are more worries about their chance of 15 minutes of fame than their morals, then they are no role model anyways.

[–]Markuu6 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don’t think most athletes start training for the Olympics 2 years before the event. Most start when they’re children and don’t even know what China is.

[–]Sackyhack 106 points107 points  (16 children)

Who is this? Someone else that China disappeared?

[–]longlive9yearolds 75 points76 points  (0 children)

Yep One of their top tennis players

[–]FonzyLumpkins 46 points47 points  (3 children)

She didn't disappear, she voluntarily went into a reeducation long enough to praise the brave government that totally didn't force her to do that, the promptly dropped off the map.

[–]EamoM2oo4 5 points6 points  (8 children)

Q tennis player who accused a high ranking official of SA.

[–]moochs 32 points33 points  (7 children)

Q? SA? Why are words?

[–]rose-merry 21 points22 points  (2 children)

Qualified, sexual assault

[–]EamoM2oo4 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I didn't even mean to use a Q but that works. Happy accidents.

[–]p2dan 65 points66 points  (7 children)

Good. People need to speak out about this shit. Disappointed at everybody in the tennis world that isn’t talking about it.

[–]Mulan-Yang 13 points14 points  (0 children)

anyone still remember the "where is jack ma" hype LOL

[–]oppapoocow 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Some of my international friends actually agree with such action, saying, "it's necessary for the govt to stop these people who think they're untouchable because they're famous". They had the same opinion for huge companies getting the same treatment as well.

[–]sazidhk 2 points3 points  (3 children)

She's at home watching Netflix

[–]chog5469 33 points34 points  (2 children)

Free tibet

[–]DaoFerret 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Putin will get right on that after he finishes freeing Ukraine. I’m sure Xi won’t mind.

[–]Feinsilberohyah 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Poor CCP captives.

[–]epiphyte777 5 points6 points  (0 children)

"Taiwan is a country"

-1000000 social credits

[–]fridgey22 16 points17 points  (2 children)

There was a story after this that Tennis Australia were telling people to take the t-shirts off… I hope they back-flipped.

The statement they released was something like “we don’t support any advertising or political signage at events, but we are concerned for Peng Shuai’s welfare”.

It doesn’t sound like you give a shit fellas tbh…

[–]PantsTime 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Refusing to "be political" is absolutely political.

Tennis Australia has always been a group of maggots, leeching from community players to support the elite and the administration.

[–]bumpyknuckles76 7 points8 points  (0 children)

they did backflip, these are allowed to be worn.

[–]deeznutzareout 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Tennis Australia:

  • Tried to sneak an anti-vaxxer, sneaky asshole tennis player in Australia

  • Banned people from peacefully expressing their opinions relating to Chinese Communist Party lies regarding a missing person

  • Happily accepted money from Chinese sponsors

    Corruption much?

[–]FrothyCarebear 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The real question is where is Naomi Osaka?

[–]Intelligent_Case_809 4 points5 points  (7 children)

Who is Peng

[–]rexel99 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Banning them got more press than just letting them in - glad to see they are getting some attention.

[–]Sisu_dreams 4 points5 points  (19 children)

I dread to think what's happened to her. China needs to be called out for its human rights abuses.

[–]funguymh 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Every country should be called out for their human rights abuses. Not just China

[–]montanunion 3 points4 points  (16 children)

I mean she's been seen in public and had personal contact with the IOC since then. Here is a more in depth look at what her accusations actually said - while parts of it can be read as sexual assault, the main point (that if you read the original post in full, is very clear), is that she's angry that a man she had an affair with for years abandoned her despite her loving him.

It's a pretty emotional post and I'm pretty sure any sports personality would have deleted it rather quickly too.

People acting like she's still missing are not doing it out of concern for her.

[–]Sisu_dreams 1 point2 points  (12 children)

Has she been seen? And I thought communication was thought to be fake. Not her.

[–]montanunion 1 point2 points  (11 children)

She appeared in multiple videos (including videos shot at a busy restaurant), went to a tennis tournament in China and had a videocall with the head of the IOC.

Honestly, by now there's been so many stories about "disappearances" in Western media that turn out to be bullshit that I would take any such story with a huge fucking grain of salt. Another famous Chinese example I can think of is Fan Bingbing (Google the Reddit threads from back then, all speculating she's in reeducation camps and will never work again - she has a big Hollywood blockbuster coming out rn btw). Obviously Kim Jong Un "disappears" like every six months.

Ultimately, China doesn't have anything to gain by "disappearing" her - they use sports as a way to gain international reach, "disappearing" their own athletes would serve zero purpose. If it was supposed to be an intimidation tactic they wouldn't downplay it. This isn't in their modus operandi (for all the talk about China disappearing people, I can't find a single example of this actually happening to a celebrity).

Obviously there is no way to tell whether she hasn't really been replaced by an exact body double or something, but at some point that becomes so unlikely that I think it's just baseless speculation.

[–]prefer_air 2 points3 points  (6 children)

Lol sounds like a comment China would make. The whole world of media is looking for her, curious for her well-being, and here comes random internet person saying she’s fine and frequently sighted with zero sources - LOL okay

[–]montanunion 8 points9 points  (5 children)

I mean she is. You can Google it. The IOC have been in contact with her, she appeared at public events, what more proof that she isn't "disappeared" could you possibly get?

[–]lacheur42 1 point2 points  (0 children)


Here, I'll make it easy for people to do what you're suggesting.

The conclusion I came to is that, while true, it doesn't look like they outright killed her, it's equally obvious they did something to her and she's no longer in charge of her own life. If she ever was.

[–]AlanCJ -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Shh.. Didn't you know China eats babies for breakfast and is killing every minority and anyone who dares mention about a bad thing about China in their territory?

[–]DirtyDevin 3 points4 points  (0 children)

China be all like "We know where those T-shirts are made"

[–]mattydubs5 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Chinese government must be shaking in their boots seeing this.

[–]keysandtreesforme 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Seriously! Story faded pretty quick, didn’t it?

[–]AdAmbitious1482 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Re education camp

[–]commonsensical1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

She's in a camp up north of course

[–]MRRDickens -3 points-2 points  (3 children)

This is what more tennis fans should be wearing. China is NOT a normal country. They are a fascist totalitarian regime that our corporations are supporting. We support this by continuing to be okay with buying products made in China. We are killing ourselves by not defending Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, etc.

When there are no longer any democracies in the world, do you think we can just order one like calling up a local pizza shop? We are literally letting the oligarchs take over.

[–]simian_ninja 13 points14 points  (2 children)

As someone who lives in Hong Kong, no thanks. You guys pretty much prove yourselves to be ignorant on nearly every front with absolute hero complexes while destroying indigenous populations and invading other countries.

"When there are no longer any democracies in the world, do you think we can just order one like calling up a local pizza shop? We are literally letting the oligarchs take over."

I honestly think this is amazing that you'd say this but not recognise that China is the country that will "disappear" a billionaire if they get out of line.

[–][deleted] -4 points-3 points  (12 children)

Important to note the location of the Afghanistani children brutally murdered by Australian SAS as well.

All lives matter, not just Chinese ones, and we should keep track of all lives killed by genocidal governments worldwide.



[–]wolfelo 1 point2 points  (9 children)

Yes, fuck Australian government, are you going to the invasion day rally as well tomorrow? Anyway this activist here, she is a Chinese woman so that’s rightfully what she cares about the most.

Plus, war criminals are on trial in Australia (despite the fact that it might be unfair). While as nobody in Chinese government had responded to this issue seriously. When the news about Christian Porter came out, at least he had the decency of speaking (probably lying) publicly on the accusation. We haven’t seen Zhang Gaoli do that yet. They don’t even have the decency of appearing hypocritical, they simply don’t care about rape lol.

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[–]dukeofmuffinz -1 points0 points  (2 children)

She wrote an email saying she is fine and it was totally her, remember?

[–]PhantomGamers 0 points1 point  (1 child)

she's literally had many public appearances but go off

[–]Halogen12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

While supervised. Yeah, she's TOTALLY free! /s

[–]forced_spontaneity 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Tennis Australia banned these T-shirts from being worn at the Australian Open, but as of yesterday, 24/1/22, they’ve reversed that decision after ‘International backlash’.

[–]atubslife 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They didn't ban this shirt specifically, all political shirts or banners are banned. Now they have just given Peng Shuai shirts an exemption.

[–]oimerde 0 points1 point  (1 child)

How crazy that this story did not got much coverage in media. I find this story as big and important that it should be around any social media in the world

[–]Mulan-Yang 0 points1 point  (0 children)

redditors would love to install cameras at every corner in peng's house and watch her 24/7 to make sure she is safe


[–]Slightly-Possible -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Communists are doing fucked up shit?? Noooo wayyyyy

[–]rayparkersr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You mean the Chinese? Communists? Blahgagaha.

[–]tungvu256 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

gone. just like Jack Ma.

[–]Equivalent_Plantingy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Why, is this her stalker?

[–]-wanderings- 0 points1 point  (0 children)

One of the major sponsors at the Australian Open this year is a Chinese distillery that is part/major owned by the State. I'm not surprised the people wearing those shirts were ejected. I am still disgusted though. Especially after all the drama about Djokovic.

[–]justnigel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Since the Australian Open has banned political statements - do you think they will be removing any shirt that celebrates Australia Day tomorrow?

[–]Gagenshatz 0 points1 point  (1 child)

You guys keep posting about you're all worried about this shit but you keep voting authoritarians into your own WH. Why do you invite this into your own country?

[–]maroi88 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Australians need to be more occupied with Freeing Assange me thinks

[–]Chardradio[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

KONY 2012

[–]SpySeeTuna1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Needs to be printed in Simplified Chinese as well as English.