Via the IHT
I hope the Beijing Olympics will be great for China and the rest of the world, but I'm quite sure that China's obsession to script and control everything will backfire. The Chinese government has already arrested many people who might cause upheaval, but the video below shows that protests or unscripted events might come from unexpected corners.
From the article in the IHT:
The matter in question arose last month when Hu Ziwei, a well-known Chinese television personality, burst onto the stage during a lavish ceremony where the state broadcaster, CCTV, was inaugurating its new Olympics sports channel.
There stood Hu's husband, Zhang Bin, who is also a well-known sports anchor, and suddenly, the neatly dressed woman began speaking in a calm voice about her supposed discovery of his love affair with another woman.
From the outset it was clear that Hu was a surprise guest, and her message, too, was way off script. "Next year is an Olympics year, and people all over the world will be watching China," she began calmly, her hands folded in front of her. Quickly, several men approached to try to get her off of the stage, but Hu held her ground, shaking off their attempts to grasp hold of her.
From the perspective of a government that obsesses over control of what is visible and what is not, what can be expressed publicly and recorded for posterity and what cannot, even in these first instants the makings of a nightmare were readily apparent. Voices could be heard offstage, "Please don't take any pictures," but it was already too late. Not only could one clearly hear the sound of snapshots being clicked off, but also within hours video footage was spreading on the Internet via Chinese Web sites, which the government attempted to block, and via YouTube, which it could not.
Hu continued, citing the words of an unnamed French diplomat, saying: "Until China is able to start exporting its values, it won't be able to become a great power. For us to appear so prim and proper, yet Zhang Bin can't even be brought to face his own - he won't even face his hurt wife. I think China, as a - to succeed as a great power - don't any of you have a conscience at all?" The men in suits approached yet again attempting to remove her, but the diminutive lady was having none of it. "You let me go," she exclaimed, pulling herself free. "We're so far from being a great country."