To most Western observers, Fan Binxing will be an unfamiliar name. But for China’s growing army of 477 million netizens, he remains one of country’s most despised public figures. Fan is, of course, widely credited with being the main architect behind the country’s Great Firewall.
Well, today one netizen apparently fed up with the daily frustrations of slow and unreliable Web connections blew off some steam by using Fan for target practice.
According to various accounts sweeping across the Web, a male assailant, under the Twitter name @hanunyi, managed to throw an egg and at least one shoe at Fang during a lecture at Wuhan University. Although the egg failed to connect with its intended target, the shoe did not miss.
Now, the audacious young man with a rather good arm has become the toast of the blogosphere with offers of gifts and rewards already flowing in his direction.
It’s probably safe to assume that as the news of @hanunyi’s exploits spreads further a few cheers might also come from the offices of the Internet giants Twitter and Facebook, which are both blocked in China.
Details of the egg-shoe thrower’s deed quickly spread this afternoon on both Weibo and Twitter using hashtags like #shoegate and the less than subtle #fuckfbx. Even Fan’s Wikipedia page had already been updated with a line referring to the incident.
Meanwhile, the Great Firewall has also been busy trying to block all references to the event. Some netizens noted with a touch of irony the fact that the chief censor was now being censored himself.