Reporter's dramatic eyeroll at fellow journalist goes viral, gets censored in China

Screen capture of Liang rolling her eyes

A Chinese reporter's disbelieving look to a fellow journalist's question at the National People's Congress was caught on camera and in no time, it became viral, becoming widely discussed topic.

AFP journalists did not see Liang or Zhang during a session on Wednesday of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the top political advisory board that holds its annual session at the same time as the NPC.

Looking her up and down, Liang rolled her eyes with such concentrated disgust, it seemed only natural that her entire head followed her eyes backwards as she looked away in revulsion.

Is this the eye-roll of the century?

While most felt that she was scoffing over the length of the question, now many news reports say that she was actually annoyed with the sugar-coated nature of the query by Zhang Huijun of LA-based American Multimedia Television USA. The channel is known to have a tie-up with China's State broadcaster, CCTV.

Certainly, the netizens wasted no time in taking the clip to social media. After Priya Varrier's wink took over Indian internet, here's another lady whose eyes are doing the talking for her.

During the press briefing, Zhang asked the chairman of the state-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission a pre-screened question about China's state-owned assets overseas and what can be done to protect them.

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On the messaging app WeChat, people jokingly separated Liang and the questioner into two parties based on the colour of their clothing.

According to freeweibo.com, a website that tracks posts and search terms that have been censored on the mainland version of Twitter, "Liang Xiangyi" has even overtaken "constitutional amendments", "constitutions" and even "Xi Jinping" as the most censored word on Weibo.

However, not everyone supports the blue-dressed woman, who is named Liang Xiangyi.

"2018 is the 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up", Zhang rambled at one point before declaring: "China will open wider to the outside world".

A supposed leaked screenshot between Liang and a friend also circulated on social media, in which Liang responds to her friend's comment that her eye roll was caught on camera by saying that it was "because I was standing beside an idiot. her question was longer than the answer".

Hong Kong's South China Morning Post, citing a fellow journalist, reported that Liang's credentials to cover the congress had been cancelled. "Please summarize for us, thank you".

Whatever she chooses to do after the conference however, at least one person thinks she should maybe try her hand at acting.

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