Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Macau today, the gambling paradise island southwest of Hong Kong, to celebrate its return to Chinese sovereignty 15 years ago. Despite it being a rainy day there, Chinese authorities have banned umbrellas anywhere near Xi. Why? Because they might hurt his feelings. From Radio Television Hong Kong:
However, journalists were barred from holding umbrellas despite the rain as they waited for Mr Xi on the tarmac of Macau’s International Airport.
Instead, they were given raincoats by the authorities.
Umbrellas have become a symbol for the pro-democracy Occupy movement in Hong Kong.
Ah, those seditious Hong Kong protesters and their goddamn umbrellas! In fairness, umbrellas are the most obnoxious accessory a person can own. Nothing worse than navigating a crowded sidewalk with a bunch of assholes and their umbrellas poking you in the face. Get a raincoat. At any rate, at least the pool reporters can rejoice in their all expenses paid trip to the greatest island in Asia. For more on Macau, read this excellent New Yorker article, featuring “Brother Ping”.