Lin Hao, a nine year-old survivor of the recent Chinese earthquake, had a position of honor during the Olympic opening ceremony, walking alongside basketball star Yao Ming at the head of the Chinese delegation of Olympic athletes.
We were surprised - and amused - when we saw he was carrying a flag that was made upside down. Normally that's an international sign of distress, but we figure it was more likely a case of a flag being made by the same people who make American flags for Wal-Mart. Lousy quality control and someone who was either too busy to stop the kid and switch the flag - or someone who wanted to use the kid to make a political statement.
Even more amusing was the fact that Ming took media interviews, carrying Lin Hao, STILL CARRYING THE UPSIDE DOWN FLAG!
The photo, in our humble opinion, is reflective of the nation's tyrannical society and iron-fisted one-party rule - upside down. They can run protestors over with tanks, but they can't double-check the flag carried by one of their stars?!?
One of the commenters called the event an artistic statement about China - we couldn't agree more. Upside down.
Here's a video we found of the occasion:
Kid Carries Chinese Flag Upside Down