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CHINA BANS MISS CANADA FROM PARTICIPATING IN MISS WORLD, AND IT’S NOT A HOAX

imageSANYA, China  (The Adobo Chronicles) – Sometimes, life imitates satire.  We’re previously reported about countries – the Philippines included — being banned from international beauty pageants for various reasons. This time, China banned Miss Canada from participating in the just-concluded 2015 Miss World held in Sanya, China.

Anastasia Lin, who was born in China and moved to Canada as a teen, was supposed to represent Canada at the international pageant.  However, she never stepped foot in Sanya because she was barred from boarding her connecting flight in Hong Kong.

The reason?

Lin is an ouspoken critic of China’s religious and human rights policies.  She believes in Falun Gong, a spiritual group that is banned in China because the government considers it a cult.

Amid all its bullying in the South China Sea, where it claims territorial jurisdiction over islands that other Southeast Asian countries say belong to them, the Chinese government, after all, has displayed an unusual weakness — afraid of a beauty queen.

 

RUSSIA’S CRACKDOWN ON TRANSSEXUAL MOTORISTS AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS WITH ‘MENTAL DISORDERS’

Folsom Street Fair, left, and Carmen Carrera, right
Folsom Street Fair, left, and transgender reality TV personality Carmen Carrera, right

MOSCOW, Russia (The Adobo Chronicles) – Beginning this year, the state of California started issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.  In Russia, the government started taking driver’s licenses away from transsexual and transgender motorists.

The Moscow government believes that transsexual and transgender people have mental disorders and should not be allowed to drive because they cause too many accidents.

In addition, Fetishism, exhibitionism and voyeurism are also included as “mental disorders” now barring people from driving.

In San Francisco, members of the transgender community, the leather community, BDSMs, exhibitionists, voyeurs and others who identify with certain fetishes — in short, those who attend the annual Folsom Street Fair — have vowed to boycott travel to Russia and promised to refrain from buying goods and services that have the Russian label on them.

This is not the first Russian boycott in San Francisco.  In 2013, when the Putin Government made “promoting non-traditional lifestyles” illegal, many gay bars in San Francisco and elsewhere boycotted Russian vodka.  That boycott quickly fizzled out mostly because the boycotted vodka that is sold in the West, Stoli, is made in Latvia, not Russia.

Mikhail Strakhov, a Russian psychiatric expert, told the BBC that the definition of “mental disorders” was too vague and some disorders would not affect a person’s ability to drive a car safely.

However, a Putin spokesperson said that transsexuals and transgenders cannot concentrate on their driving because their eyes are constantly wandering, looking out for cute Russian guys or gals on the road.  He added that exhibitionists can distract other drivers, while those with fetishes are always dreaming about their previous or next encounters. “The roads are just not safe if we allow these people to drive cars,” the spokesperson said.