Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"We were watching TV": 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre



As the 20th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre approaches, it's hard not to think of Roger Water's great 1992 song, "Watching TV" - strangely enough, a duet with the Eagles' Don Henley.

In the song, Waters grieves the loss of his "yellow rose, and her bloodstained clothes" in the massacre. A recorded voice asks the question, "Did we do anything after this?" Waters' answer: "We were watching TV." Prescient!

I wonder how many of these cultural references make it to China, where a whole new round of censorship, arrests, and military buildup are planned to commemorate the event.

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